The newly published Michael Thrasher and Colin Rallings analysis of May’s local election results has some interesting figures on gender balance amongst candidates and councillors:
30% of Conservative candidates were female
31% of Labour candidates were female
34% of Liberal Democrat candidates were female
29% of Conservative councillors are female
31% of Labour councillors are female
34% of Liberal Democrats councillors are female
UPDATE: nearly ten years on, here’s how these trends now look.