The lack of clarity about how the next prime minister should be chosen may be just the start of the post-election constitutional headaches, writes Elliot Bulmer. However, he argues, Westminster could learn a trick from Holyrood is this area.
Craig McAngus reviews Nicola Sturgeon's speech, writing that the Scottish First Minister is trying to convince those on the reformist left that a sizeable and effective SNP presence in the House of Commons would be a positive development. This blog originally appeared on LSE British Politics and Policy.
It’s almost 100 years since the first woman was elected to the House of Commons – the Irish politician Constance Markievicz.
75 years later and the percentage of women at Westminster is still a paltry 22%. As the parties make their selections for the ‘closest election ever’, we can see what kind of commitment they are making to increasing the number of women selected, the number selected in winnable seats, and therefore the number of women we might actually see elected.
Polls indicate that the general election will see a fundamental rewriting of the Scottish political landscape, with the SNP poised for a near sweep. The party also seems poised to take over from Labour as leaders on the issue of women’s representation in this election at least, although it is far from clear whether that will translate into support for quotas in the future, write Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay.