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Women stir up the zeal of women at the ALDE Congress in Budapest

International Office_with textOn Friday 20 November the Liberal Democrats International Office organised a roundtable discussion on promoting women in politics at the 2015 Congress of the Alliance of Liberal and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), sharing success stories from across Europe. 

International Research Officer Nick Thorne tells us more about the event here.

“The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.” Kicking off the discussion with this inspiring quote from John Stuart Mill, Baroness Sal Brinton set the tone for what was to be a dynamic debate. Women are 51% of the population, but in the UK, they make up just 29% of MPs. Frighteningly, this is higher than the European average of 25.5% and it is not much better than the average of 23.2% in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Patrick - the Campaign started on 31st October 2019 when we were at about 15%, already down from 20% a month earlier. However we ended...
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    We do seem politically very naive, don't we? Whether it's winning votes in university constituencies and then doing the infamous u-turn on tuition fees, or...
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    Thank you David and Laurence, it seems that I have to read the right newspapers - or their websites - to see things that the...
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    Thank you, Laurence. My belief was for a long time that this idea of community politics was something which was attractive to all members. OK...
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    @David Allen See my posting at 12:45pm above.
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    Why has nobody mentioned https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/14/lib-dems-warned-not-to-back-december-election-vince-cable-tim-farron Those who cannot learn tough lessons from history will be condemned to repeating them.
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