The New Union

Despite her gender balanced cabinet, Nicola Sturgeon has failed to see equality in her candidates Despite her gender balanced cabinet, Nicola Sturgeon has failed to see equality in her candidates

None of the major parties standing in Scotland have managed to secure equal gender representation in their candidates, despite increasing efforts to boost the number of female MPs.

The worst offenders are the Conservatives who have just eight women standing for them out of a total of 59 candidates.

The Scottish Greens have the best percentage of female candidates – 42 per cent of their total – but they are only fielding 31 candidates in all, meaning just 13 are women.

Women represent 35 per cent of SNP candidates, 27 per cent of Scottish Labour, 18 per cent of UKIP and 28 per cent of the Lib Dems.

A spokesperson for the Greens told TNU that they did not use any all-women shortlists to select their candidates for this election, but that their party had…

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