WOMEN VOTING FOR OTHER WOMEN
A surprising demand was made in the British Conservative party, recently, to create all-women short lists when selecting candidates, to boost the number of female Conservative MPs.
Now this questions the assumption that Women do not vote for other Women when selecting a party to vote for. It has been suggested by the people backing this move is that one of the reasons why people voted for the Conservatives in the 1980s and early 1990s, was that the Conservatives was seen as a female friendly party because they had a female leader in Margaret Thatcher.
After the defeat of Labour in the early 1990s they had a new leader in John Smith. He then done a very unusual thing of creating all- female short lists in selecting candidates. Because his aim was to make 50% of labour candidates female. Then he unfortunately died, and the new leader Tony Blair immediately put a stop to female short lists but already a large number of Women had been selected. So in the next election Labour had a record number of female MPs. And Labour won by a land-slide and have been winner elections ever since.
Now according the Conservatives who also want female short lists. This is why the Conservative are so unpopular with female voters, and why it is impossible for them to win elections. Even in spite of the great unpopularity of Tony Blair in the last election, because he took Britain into the Iraq war. Because only a very small minority of Conservative MPs are female. And no female MP was considered in the many Conservative leadership contests they had in recent years.
This all suggests that Women are becoming supportive of female MPs when they vote and will vote for the most female friendly party.
NOVEMBER 23, 2005