60 per cent of women don't feel represented by politicians, says survey
More than half of British women don’t feel represented by the Government.
According to the Telegraph newspaper, latest figures conducted by Kantar, a global research group, show 60 per cent of women find it hard to relate to politicians.
Half feel under-represented in politics and only 30 per cent say they take an interest in politics.
David Cameron came under fire during the last Cabinet Reshuffle for not promoting enough women into senior roles.
He had originally pledged to have a third of ministerial jobs performed by women in 2015, although this looks unlikely given that he has reduced the number of women in the Cabinet to just four.
Meanwhile 44 per cent of the 2,408 women polled feel Britain would be a better place to live if women were more represented in the corridors of Westminster.
Dr Michelle Harrison, a Whitehall advisor and head of political and social at Kantar, says: ‘We know that women are under-represented at every level of British politics, particularly at the top. What is unknown is the true cost of this under-representation in terms of lost talent and wider disengagement.
‘There is a danger that the status-quo has become self-perpetuating with women disengaged from a political system that fails to represent them, in turn fuelling a shortage of the talented female politicians needed to correct the imbalance.’
Camerons lack of appeal to women has also not been helped by cuts to services women use and his use of language such as ‘calm down dear’ which has been criticised by women’s groups.
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