NICOLA Sturgeon is underlining support for a legislated candidate quotas of 50 per cent women for all political parties by 2020. The Scottish First Minister is speaking at a conference next month organised by the Women 50:50 campaign that was recently awarded funding by the Joseph Rowntree Trust to host the event in Edinburgh. A key aspiration of Women 50:50 is introducing quotas to ensure political parties produce an equal number of male and female parliamentary candidates.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“I am a proud supporter of this campaign and… determined that the Scottish Parliament, local governments and political parties better represent the communities they serve.
It is unacceptable that 52 per cent of the population is not represented nearly enough.”