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NI Local Elections 2014
Preliminary analysis of the Northern Ireland 2014 local elections available
For more detail on the gender of candidates at NI 2014 Local Elections
- Data by Council, click
A briefing paper by the Northern Ireland Assembly entitled: 'Candidates
for the 2014 Elections in Northern Ireland by Gender' can be accessed
of the analysis shows that the larger parties are - on this occasion
- actively selecting more women to stand than previously. All bar the
UUP have around 30% female candidates - the generally accepted minimum
standard. That women comprise only 25% of candidates overall is due
to the male orientation of smaller parties and independents.
NI Assembly Election 2011
The first Assembly election to follow a full-term Assembly since the
1998 Belfast Agreement was held on the 5th May 2011. Twenty women were
elected which was two more on the 2007 elections, indicating only marginal
improvement for women. Full analysis of the elections can be found here.
An analysis of the candidates for the 2011 Assembly elections can be
Irish General Election 2011
The final result in Ireland's 2011 general election saw 25 women being
elected to the Dail, 2 more than at the 2007 election. Commenting on
this outcome, Professor Yvonne Galligan, Director of CAWP congratulated
the successful women candidates on winning seats in a hard-fought campaign.
She went on to say "the absence of any woman among the 20 Fianna
Fail TDs returned to parliament is something that party must urgently
address. Indeed, the low representation of women in the Dail must be
tackled as part of the wider push for political reform." View a
summary of how women fared in the election here.
London Assembly June 2008
The number of women elected to the London
Assembly 2008 dropped to 8 women. Three long-serving members: Angie
Bray, Elizabeth Howlett and Baroness Hamwee, retired from the Assembly
prior to the election. Lynne Featherstone had already stood down from
the Assembly in 2005. However, this was somewhat offset by the election
of two new women members: Victoria Borwick and Caroline Pidgeon. Women's
representation on Assembly now stands at 32% (a decrease of 8%) with
the Liberal Democrats having the highest female representation (66%),
while the Conservative female representation has dropped to just 9%.
Full details are on the observatory.
NI Assembly Election 2007
The long awaited elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly took
place on March 7, 2007. 18 women (or 16.7%) out of a total of 108 MLAs
were elected, the same number as the 2003 election. Full coverage and
analysis of the election may be found here.
NI Local Elections 2005
contains a number of useful tables comparing the 2001 and 2005 local
council and district council elections by women elected and political
party. These tables were compiled by Karly Greene of the School of Politics,
International Studies & Philosophy, QUB.
UK Elections 2010
The 2010 UK general election will take place on May 6th 2010. Information
and analysis regarding candidates in Northern Ireland by party and gender
and constituency and gender can be found here.
Information and analysis regarding candidates in GB by gender and party
can be found here.
A BBC report focusing on the visibility (or lack of it) of women in
this election can be found here
and a further report by the Guardian asking where the women are in this
election can be accessed here.
The Women's Ad Hoc Policy Group Manifesto can
be accessed here.
The results are in!!!
In NI out of a total of 21 female candidates (or 19%), four women were
elected making the percentage of seats held by women to be 22%. The
Alliance Party fielded the largest number and percentage of candidates
with the DUP fielding no women. For a full analysis of the results in
NI by party and constituency, click here.
In GB the number of female MPs rose to 143, an increase from 19.5% to
22% on the last parliament. Of particular note is the increase in the
number of female Conservative MPs (from 18 to now 48) and the increase
in the number of women MPs from a minority ethnic background. However,
as welcome as these gains are, women still only account for 143 out
of 650 seats. David Cameron's new coalition government does not fare
any better in terms of gender balance with only 17% of the cabinet being
women. In the government as a whole, just 17% of government positions
are held by women. Ed Milliband's opposition stands in contrast with
44% of the cabinet being women. Continuing this trend, 40% of opposition
positions are held by women. For a full anaylsis of the election results
in GB including all women elected and an analysis of the government
by ministry, please click here.
UK General Election 2005
The 2005 UK general election saw a record 128 women elected to the
House of Commons. After the number of women MPs dropped slightly in
2001, the 2005 results saw a net increase of ten to 128. Women now form
almost one third of the Parliamentary Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats
have their highest-ever number of women MPs. The three women elected
for Northern Ireland in 2001 were all returned, with Lady Hermon now
the sole representative at Westminister of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Details are listed in the observatory.
There are 6 women in Gordon Brown's reshuffled 23-member
cabinet (reshuffle January 2008) and 21 junior women ministers which
is an increase of 4 on the previous cabinet.
Irish Women Members of the European Parliament 2009
Three women were elected out of twelve Irish
seats in the European parliamentary elections in 2009. This is a drop
from 38% to 25%, transforming Ireland into one of the lowest levels
of female representation and below the minimum threshold set by the
EU. Only Poland, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Malta have a lower
percentage of female representation.
UK Women Members of the European Parliament 2009
The UK has 72 seats in the European
Parliament, of which twenty five or 35% are held by women. This is a
significant increase since 2004 from 24%. Northern Ireland now has two
women MEPs (Sinn Féins Bairbre de Brún and newly
elected Diane Dodds of the DUP). There were six new female Conservative
MEPs elected and the Green Party elected two MEPs, both women, who are
the first Green women MEPs to be elected.
Irish Women Members of the European Parliament June 2004
Ireland now has one of the
most gender-balanced, with five women out of thirteen MEPs, or 38 per
cent (exact figures on women in the new European parliament are not
yet available). Independent Dana Scallon lost her seat in the North
West after one term, but two new independents, Kathy Sinnott and Marian
Harkin (who topped the poll in the North West) were both elected. Mairead
McGuinness topped the poll in the East for Fine Gael. Sinn Féin
elected its first two MEPs, both women, including Mary Lou McDonald
in Dublin. These new women MEPs offset the numbers of women who stood
down or were defeated at this election.
UK Women Members of
the European Parliament June 2004
The UK has eighteen women
MEPs out of seventy-eight, for a total of 23 per cent, slightly lower
than the 24 per cent elected in 1999. The UK Independence Party, whose
breakthrough was a major story of this election, has no women MEPs,
and the Conservatives, who again won the most seats, have fewer women
than the other two main parties. Northern Ireland finally elected its
first woman MEP, Sinn Féins Bairbre de Brún. The
only other new woman MEP is Liberal Democrat Fiona Hall.
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Irish Councils June 2004
Updated data on women on Irish County Councils in available here,
and women members of Ireland's five city and six borough councils is
Archive London Assembly
The number of women on the London Assembly
remained the same (ten out of twenty-five members), with two new women
elected (Labours Joanne McCartney and Liberal Democrat Dee Dooley)
offsetting the two who stood down. For a gender breakdown of
the 2004 London Assembly please click here.
Archive UK Women Candidates for the European Parliament June 2004
This archive provides a breakdown of each party’s candidates by gender,
and lists all women candidates by party. Full infomation may be obtained
Archive Irish Women Candidates
for the European Parliament June 2004
This archive provides a breakdown of each party's candidates by gender,
and lists all women candidates by party. Full information may be obtained
Archive Northern Ireland Assembly Election, November 2003
Coverage of the long awaited Northern Ireland Assembly elections in
November 2003 may be found here.
Archive Scotland and Wales Elections May 2003
Further information on the devolved elections in Scotland and Wales
in May 2003 may be found here.
Archive Irish Election May 2002
Our coverage of Ireland's Dáil
election of 2002, with lists of candidates, an analysis of manifestos,
and results, is still available, accessible from an index hub which
can be found here.
Archive Irish Referendum March 2002
Ireland votes 'no' in abortion referendum - 14 March 2002
On 6 March Irish voters narrowly rejected a constitutional amendment
to restrict the conditions under which abortion would be permissible.
We have the results of the vote and the ballot question, with its explanation
of the issue, here.
Archive UK Election June 2001
All articles relating to the June 2001 UK parliamentary election and
the Northern Ireland local elections have been moved to a separate section
of the site; click here
for an index of the articles.