“Not enough senior women”…” “Not enough interested women”… “All the good ones have been snapped up”… “We already have one”… “No vacancies”…
Parity is important because it sends a message that we believe in the equality that our women and men are working to protect in conflict zones.
“I understand that people enjoy righteous anger…but what’s alarming is the people who understand statistical distribution and who are going along with this.”
But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
The UK could set a lead by announcing that it will dedicate a fixed or minimum percentage of the aid budget to fighting sexual and gender based violence.
Unless we find a way to win over those in their forties, thirties and younger, we will have an even bigger problem at the next election.
Plus: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani meet at the Three Wise Monkeys Summit – hear no evil, see no evil…and evil. Guess which is which.
The Party has voluntarily released the data, to show it walks the walk, as well as talking the talk.
The old assumption that women were more likely to vote Conservative has been overturned – so the search is on for policies to restore it.
Earlier this month, however, when it emerged that another rape gang had been operating with impunity, this time in Telford, the silence was deafening.
Adopting the lexicon of the left muddles our thinking and undermines proper understanding of our positions.
If they want to remain the party of business, the Tories must channel both Thatcher and Cameron and embrace the need to broaden access to capital.
Addressing this persistent under-representation is not political correctness, it is political common sense. Our Party would be the better for it.
The third article in our new mini-series, in which female Conservative MPs share the stories of their journeys into politics, comes from the MP for Chichester.
The second article in our new mini-series, in which female Conservative MPs share the stories of their journeys into politics, comes from the MP for Guildford.