18 JULY 2016

35% of the Cabinet (up from 32%) are women and just 26% (19 of 74) of junior ministers are women (it was previously 24%).

Commenting on the proportion of women in Theresa May’s government Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said:

“This is disappointing. It’s essentially a standstill picture and represents a missed opportunity to get more women into government.

“But it’s also in part a function of the lack of women on the government benches. Despite recent progress just 1 in 5 Conservative MPs are women.

“There has to be a strategic focus on the pipeline of women standing for parliament.

“But what matters now is how will the Government of Theresa May deliver for women.”

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The Fawcett Society campaigns for increased women's representation in both Local and National Government. Local and Equal – does local government work for women? was a year long commission by the Fawcett Society and Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) to answer this question. The commission is now closed and the final report was published in July 2017.

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