May 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm
The percentage is interesting, but there is some confusion here over terminology. A ‘general election’ is a parliamentary election – where MPs are elected. The total number of seats in Birmingham in a general election is just ten: one for each constituency. The graphic above seems to be for a ‘local’ or ‘council’ election: there are one hundred and twenty council seats in Birmingham, for one hundred and twenty Birmingham City councillors.
May 26, 2015 at 9:55 am
I think the confusion is between MPs and candidates. The post mentions 53 candidates?
May 26, 2015 at 10:23 am
Sorry yes – taking all ten seats and all parties contesting those seats in each general election year that makes sense now! Although it might be too much to ask, it could possibly be interesting to see a break down by constituency, and possibly (again probably a big ask!) by party.
Although, that much said (and I am all for equal opportunities everywhere, and for sending out the message that women are equal to men) I think we need to be cautious about assuming that more female MPs would automatically translate into more rights for women. Obnoxious MPs, obstructive to the general expansion of rights and fairness can come in both genders. We might recall one Margaret Thatcher, for example …
May 26, 2015 at 10:00 am
This is definitely for parliamentary elections. The underlying data that we pulled together is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LvKMUCS5vyHlkY-fyWyc_huNoC1YKZVEb6IAThnLx3s/edit?usp=sharing
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