Adrian Kavanagh, 16th October 2018 – post updated as and when new female candidates are added/female candidates withdraw.
314 female candidates contested the 2009 City and County Council elections, accounting for 17.2% of the total number of candidates. 404 female candidates contested the 2014 City and County Council elections, accounting for 21.6% of the total number of candidates contesting those elections. For the 2019 elections, given that gender quotas were introduced the 2016 General Election, the expectation might be that even more female candidates will be contesting these City and County Council elections. Against that, the likely impact of smaller constituency units (with fewer seats per constituency) for the 2019 elections (relative to the 2014 contests) may act as a disincentive to new, female, candidates, or may limit the number of candidates being selected by political parties at selection conventions, thus preventing a number of new, female, candidates from getting onto party tickets.
Updated 14th December 2018: Based on the list of candidates below, there are now one hundred and sixty nine officially selected/declared female candidates (out of a total of five hundred and four selected, or declared, local election candidates), with female candidates currently accounting for 33.5% of the total number of candidates selected/declared that I have accounted for to date. Continue reading