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July-13-00

New Laws in Britain Would Increase Number of Women And Black MPs

If Britain's Labor Party succeeds in passing new laws that mandate quotas, every political party will be legally required to select women and black members of Parliament (MPs) in parliamentary seats. In the upcoming elections, only one woman has been selected to run in the 29 available seats. Advocates of the new laws argue that the quota system is a necessary first step to erasing pervasive discrimination against women and minorities. Women's political representation in Britain ranks nearly at the bottom of developed countries. A dismal 18 percent of MPs are women compared with 43 percent in Sweden, 36 percent in Finland, and 31 percent in Germany.

Media Resources: The Express 12 July 2000, Lexis-Nexis