‘More women coun­cil­lors needed’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

POLITI­CIANS have voiced their con­cerns re­gard­ing a lack of fe­male coun­cil­lors.

Dur­ing the mo­tion to get more young peo­ple to vote in elec­tions at the county coun­cil meet­ing on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 12, politi­cians also said that there should be more women in the arena.

Coun­cil­lor Va­lerie Letheren said: “I have al­ways wanted to see more women. We are still a bit lack­ing and we do rep­re­sent 50 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.”

There are 14 fe­male county coun­cil­lors and 35 male coun­cil­lors.

Coun­cil­lor Steven Lam­bert said: “Since the gov­ern­ment gave women the vote in 1918 there have been 369 women MPs.

“We need am­bas­sadors out there from the fe­male pop­u­la­tion.”

He said that the num­ber of women in West­min­ster

Coun­cil­lors Ju­lia Was­sell (left) and is ‘shock­ingly low’ – one woman for ev­ery three and a half men.

Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Was­sell said: “Pol­i­tics, par­tic­u­larly for women, is thug­gish.

“There threats.”

Coun­cil­lor

is jostling and

Lesley Clarke said: “It is known as male, pale and stale – 31 per cent of coun­cil­lors [in the coun­try] are women.”

Do you think there are too few women in pol­i­tics? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

‘AM­BAS­SADORS’: Lesley Clarke

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