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The Feminisation of the Conservative Parliamentary Party: Party Members' Attitudes
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 19:08 authored by Sarah Childs, Paul WebbPaul Webb, Sally Marthaler
Under David Cameron's leadership reforms have been made to the Conservative party's parliamentary selection procedures and distinct women's policy initiatives have been developed. This article, based on focus group data with party members, explores attitudes towards measures designed to recruit more women Conservative MPs. Broadly, we find that, despite widespread support for the principle of greater social diversity among PPCs, members are uncomfortable with the specific measures that have been introduced. This is largely on the grounds that anything approaching `positive discrimination should be eschewed in favour of the `meritocratic selection of candidates. Further, the members tend to resent central party `interference in what has traditionally been the domain of local Constituency Associations.
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