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Getting women into Westminster 12 August 2009
House of Commons
What is the best way to ensure there are enough women MPs?

The next election will see around a hundred MPs leave their seats, many in the wake of the expenses scandal. All parties are conscious of the need and opportunity to get more women into Parliament. But what are they doing to ensure women are better represented? Jenni talks to Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, and Conservative Party Vice Chair Margot James. Could all-women shortlists be the only way forward? Or does the postal primary, recently used to pick Tory candidate Dr Sarah Wollaston for Totnes, offer Westminster a way to win more women?


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