Let’s put the champagne on ice: the Commons’ missing women

By Professor Sarah Childs, Dr Meryl Kenny and Birkbeck PhD candidate Jessica Smith

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‘Record-breaking’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historic’ – these were the headlines after Thursday’s UK General Election. Some of the articles attached to these celebratory headlines centred on the fact that there were more women MPs elected than ever before. Others highlighted that the ‘200 seat’ mark had been breached. Or championed the diversity of House overall, with rising numbers of BME, LGBT, and disabled MPs. But we’ve put the champagne on ice. Continue reading

General Election 2017: Pre-Election Predictions

In the latest episode of Westminster Watch, the podcast from the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, Dermot Hodson and Ben Worthy consider the state of the election two days out from voting.

Topics covered include:

  • The recent attacks in Manchester and London, and their impact on the campaign and the broader debate around national security;
  • The worst idea in the General Election manifestos;
  • Election predictions, and the future of the leadership of the Conservatives and Labour.

Listen to the podcast below:

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