Today sees the launch of “Sex and Power 2014: Who runs Britain?” which shows just how little progress has been made on gender equality in the UK’s political institutions and suggests what the UK’s governments, parliaments, political parties and media should do about it.
Among the report’s key findings is that the House of Commons has slipped from 59th (in early 2010) to 65th (today) in the world ranking of parliaments for gender equality.
Just 22.7% of our MPs are women. And whilst the figure for some of the devolved parliaments is better – 41.7% of Welsh Assembly members are women, for example – the situation amongst political journalists is even worse. Over 91% of print and broadcast political editors are male.
Today’s report makes six recommendations for what must happen to change this situation. It was written by Counting Women In, a coalition of organisations including the Electoral Reform Society, the Centre for Women & Democracy, the Fawcett Society, the Hansard Society and Unlock Democracy.
Read the report (pdf)
Visit the Electoral Reform Society website
A weekly 5 a side kickabout for MPs and staff is looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Men and women players welcome. Established in 1997, the ethos is fun and fair – we’re competitive but never dirty! Games are from 9 to 10am on Tuesdays, at Queen Mother Leisure Centre, Victoria. £5 a game (£3 for unwaged, eg interns, students), plus 90p entry for the leisure centre. Call or email Mark Allison to go on mailing list. 07980 559501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s the best way to start your day!
The New Statesman, in association with the Webb Memorial Trust has announced the 2014 Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition for young people aged between 18 and 25.
This year’s question is: How can business reduce poverty?
For further information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1w8rkhZ
2 nice sized double bedrooms (furnished with double bed, wardrobe, bedside table, chest of drawers) in a large split level flat right next to Honor Oak Park Station. One room is available immediately and one is available from the start of October.
I used to work in the House of Commons and to get from my flat to PCH took 25 minutes. One of the flatmates works in Canary Wharf and it takes him 15 minutes. It is a beautiful area and we live opposite an Italian restaurant and a couple of nice bars, next door to a Sainsburys and a Tapas bar.
The rent is 495/540 pcm including council tax and internet. Bills are split 4 ways as they come in. I can supply photos on request and am happy to show people around.
“Parliament Clock Westminster” by Aldaron — Aldaron, a.k.a. Aldaron – Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Parliament_Clock_Westminster.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Parliament_Clock_Westminster.jpg
Technicians will be cleaning and maintaining the Great Clock during the week of 18 August, and will be pausing the clock’s hands, so don’t rely on a quick glance out of the window to tell you if you’re on time for that important meeting! Apparently the chimes will continue, as we’re advised that the technicians – some of whom will be asbseiling down to clean the clock faces – have been issued with ear defenders.
More on the Parliament website
You may be interested in a special free online edition of Parliamentary Affairs, published by the Hansard Society in advance of the Scottish independence referendum. Parliamentary Affairs editors Professors Philip Cowley and Jonathan Tonge have brought together a series of articles from the archive, to form a special online ‘virtual’ edition that will be free until the end of November.
You can read it on the Parliamentary Affairs website.
Looking to rent a room from the beginning of September. Flexible with location as long as it has good transport links.
Do get in touch, happy to discuss further.
If you know a student then you might like to tell them about an offer from Elevation Networks. They are recruiting 25 ‘student leaders’ for their Student Leadership Development Programme, which gives people the chance to create and run a social action project.
• A mentor in your preferred industry;
• Training and resources;
• Opportunity to apply for funding.
Apply by 31 August – for more information go to