UK Government rejects proposals to increase number of female MPs in House of Commons

The UK Government recently rejected six separate proposals by the Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee, including a legislation mandating a minimum female parliamentary participation rate of 45% in general elections, 45% female representation in parliament and local government by 2030, and the requirement of parties to make public their parliamentary candidate diversity data. Men currently occupy 70% of the MPs in parliament. The government responded to criticism by stating that while an increase in female representation in parliament is important, legislation and regulatory burdens on political parties are not the means by which one is to achieve this goal.