General election 2017: Chance of more women MPs in Wales?

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General election 2017: Chance of more women MPs in Wales?

Historically, snap elections are bad news for women's representation - so are we likely to see more female MPs from Wales at Westminster after 8 June?

Diana Stirbu, Jac Larner and Laura McAllister of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre investigate.

Shortened processes of candidate selection and the costs and difficulties associated with actually standing for election combine to disadvantage women.

However, in an apparent bucking of this trend, the election will see the highest-ever proportion of women candidates standing across the UK.

A total 41% of Labour candidates UK-wide are female, 29% of Conservatives and 30% of Lib Dems.

Meanwhile, 33% of the SNP's candidates are women and just under 28% of Plaid Cymru's.

Click here to read the full story published by BBC on 4 June 2017. 

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