31% (30%) of Conservative candidates were female
31% (30%) of Labour candidates were female
34% (34) of Liberal Democrat candidates were female
“28-29%” (29%) of Conservative councillors are female
“28-29%” (31%) of Labour councillors are female
“A third” (34%) of Liberal Democrats councillors are female
Rallings & Thrasher conclude that...
The proportion of men and women candidates contesting local elections now appears fixed in the ratio 2:1 and the rapid rise in women candidates during the second half of the 1980s has stopped … There is just one authority, Purbeck District Council, where women candidates outnumbered the men. By contrast, there are three local authorities in Wales where the proportion of women is fewer than one in five candidates. Another trend that continues is for the percentage of women elected to be slightly less than the percentage of women candidates.
It would be interesting to know the proportions of selected parliamentary candidates for the three parties. I know the Conservatives at one stage were up to 35% but I suspect this has fallen back to around 30% now. Anyone got the comparable Labour & LibDem figures?
It seems to me that these figures at a parliamentary level will rarely rise beyond the low thirties if the proportion of approved candidates who are female remains so low (ie, those approved but not yet selected). A good way of attracting more female parliamentary candidates is to encourage more female councillors.