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