Local councils and female representation

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.

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