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When meeting a new woman MP was no longer a rarity! Recollections of the impact of the May 1997 election on parliament

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The outcome of the 1997 general election, 20 years ago this month, saw the number of female MPs double overnight. The new intake of female MPs included many women who would go on to become senior figures in the Labour Party, as well as the current Prime Minister Theresa May. Oonagh Gay, a former senior official […]

More female candidates have been selected but the gender balance of the House of Commons is likely to be little changed after June 8

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

In this post Agnes Magyar and Jennifer Hudson show that although the main parties have selected more female candidates for the June 8 election than in 2015, the proportion selected in non-held marginal seats is little changed. Drawing on Chris Hanretty’s election forecast they suggest that there may be little or no improvement in the gender […]

The Irish government is pursuing Northern Ireland’s interests more actively than the UK government

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Northern Ireland has been on the sidelines of the UK general election campaign, despite continuing political deadlock and the major unresolved questions resulting from Brexit. Brian Walker suggests that this reflects a general disengagement with Northern Ireland from the May government, which has taken the view that the North’s political issues are for their politicians to […]

The Emperor of Japan, Prince Philip and the ‘a’ word

Monday, 22 May 2017

Two recent announcements – the Japanese government’s agreement to the Emperor’s wish to abdicate and Prince Philip’s retirement from public life, both on grounds of advancing age – highlight the fact that there is no continuing provision for abdication in UK law. Bob Morris considers the implications of this and suggests that there may be […]

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