Anne told the House of Commons:
I was very proud to be elected to this House in 2005, particularly given that I joined a 98-strong group of Labour women MPs...Leader of the House, Jack Straw replied:
Does my right hon. Friend think it time for a debate on how to increase the number of female MPs in this House, and does he share my disappointment at the fact that so far this year the Conservative party has selected 17 men and no women?
A debate on this issue would be very important. I note that more people called 'Mark' have been selected as Conservative candidates than have women.Currently the Labour Party has 97 women MPs (27% of the party), the Liberal Democrats 9 women MPs (14% of the party) and the Conservatives 17 (9% of the party).
At the current rate of change, it will take Labour around 20 years to get to 50-50 women and men, the Lib Dems around 40 years and the Conservatives around 400!