Have you ever stood for Parliament, been selected as a candidate, or considered going into politics? 

One hundred years after women gained the right to vote and to be elected to Parliament, women are still fewer than one-third of MPs. The Fawcett Society, with the support of the Government Equalities Office, is undertaking a landmark piece of research into the barriers to women being selected by political parties, and then elected to Parliament. 

We are carrying out focus groups with women from major political parties across the UK, and we need your help.

Have you at any time since 2010:

  • Been selected as a parliamentary candidate for Westminster but not subsequently elected OR
  • Considered putting yourself forward for selection but, for any reason, decided against standing OR
  • Put yourself forward to stand, but was not subsequently selected to be a parliamentary candidate

If you fit one of these categories, then we would really appreciate if could attend one of our early evening focus groups with a group of women from your political party to share your experiences.

Fill out the form below to register your interest. If you cannot view it, please access the form here.

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See dates below:

Labour women:
London – Monday 14th May or Monday 21st May
Manchester – Wednesday 23rd May

Conservative women:
London - Monday 21st May or Thursday 24th May

Liberal Democrat women:
London - Mon 21st May or Thursday 24th May

SNP women:
Edinburgh - Tuesday 22nd May

DUP women:
Belfast - Monday 21st May or Tuesday 22nd May

The focus groups will take place in the early evening, with food and refreshments provided. All the information you share will be anonymised and treated in strictest confidence. We are offering a £30 contribution to women attending the focus groups for those who decided not to stand.

We are gathering the views of other parties via a survey and interviews with MPs from all parties represented in Parliament, and are also keen to hear from women who have wanted to become an MP standing for one of the major parties listed above but are no longer active members.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form, or contact [email protected]

Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks.

More about the project

In the centenary year of the first women winning the vote, the Fawcett Society is working on a major new research project on the barriers to women's political representation and how these can be overcome. The project will explore the experiences of members of parliament as well as women beyond Westminster to offer insights into the reforms that will create a step change in women's representation.

The project will run between March and July 2018. We are excited to be working in partnership with a range of leading academics on gender and political representation including Professor Sarah Childs, Professor Rosie Campbell and Professor Yvonne Galligan.

As well as working with women and men in Parliament we will be seeking contributions from women who are engaged in party politics but who have not been elected to Parliament. This will include women who have successfully and unsuccessfully stood for selection as well as women who are involved in party politics but who have decided not to stand for election at Westminster.

For more information about the project please contact [email protected]

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