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    'Wags', 'Wives' and 'Mothers'... but what about women politicians?

    Campbell, Rosie and Childs, Sarah (2010) 'Wags', 'Wives' and 'Mothers'... but what about women politicians? Parliamentary Affairs 63 (4), pp. 760-777. ISSN 0031-2290.

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    The UK general election of 2010 should have been a critical one for women. But it was not to be. Despite all of the main political parties claiming to want more women MPs the increase in their number relative to the 2005 Parliament was just 2.5%. Women remain under-represented numerically in the House of Commons, constituting less than one-quarter of all MPs. The election campaign was largely women free too, as women married to politicians gained more attention than women politicians. Moreover, and despite enhanced inter-party competition over the women's vote-or rather, and more accurately, the votes of middle income mothers, otherwise known as the 'mumsnet' vote-women's issues and perspectives were marginalised from the campaign proper.


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