Kensington and Chelsea Conservatives are meeting this week to choose a successor for Michael Portillo who won't be standing at the next election. Currently only 8% of Conservative MPs are women and since the last election Central Office has introduced measures to try and increase this number.
In the first of a series of reports on the selection of women by the main political parties, and with a general election likely in 2005. Just how successful are the Tory party being in choosing women to stand as MPs?
Sue Catling, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley in Yorkshire, Laura Turquet, Policy Officer, the Fawcett Society, and the Rt Hon Virginia Bottomley, MP for Surrey South West join Jenni to discuss.