Diversity strikes back

Today has been an interesting day in politics and not one that the opinion polls or the press predicted.

However you voted there is one fact that we can all celebrate.

The results once the 650 seats declared show female MPs make up 30 per cent of Parliament, an increase of 23 per cent since 2010.

That is just AMAZING NEWS!houses_of_parliament

So despite the results of the 2015 general election being divisive, the growing number of women in Parliament is one thing the British public will surely agree is an improvement.

The gender mix is getting closer to actually representing the electorate.

Today 191 female MPs have been elected which is the biggest increase since 1997 – the year when Tony Blair was famously photographed with 101 women Labour MPs after he was elected as Prime Minister.

And Mhairi Black for the Scottish National Party is now the youngest elected politician in Britain. A YOUNG WOMAN! How exciting!

So will women making up a third of parliament influence how it governs and the decisions it makes? And the age range starting to lower?

I have observed that bringing women into all male or male dominated environments is always positive.

Both sexes tend to behave better when there is a gender mix and men especially are less angry or aggressive when there are women present.

Women are great at being thoughtful courageous leaders. Yes they work hard, always strive for 110% and are critical of their own performance. But that just adds an exciting dynamic to the mix and creates some healthy competition raising standards.

Women also tend to work smarter and flexibly. They are more discerning about their time and may challenge the long hours and drinking culture we know is prevalent as it is not family friendly or healthy. And what will Westminster do about everyday sexism? Will they allow it or will they deal with it?

What also interests me having worked in the City which can be a bit like a male public school and having often observed that parliament can behave like that, is how increasing women, may challenge some of this outdated behavior.

And what of things like the MP’s expenses issue and how that was handled. Will more women around effect greater change to deal with such matters in a fair and transparent manner. And to challenge outdated and strange practices in a helpful and progressive manner?

I am confident that with female MP’s numbers increasing it will add momentum and I hope MP’s will work together across all parties to improve how we are all governed. That is something that will benefit us all and that we can be positive about.

Good luck to everyone that was re-elected or newly elected today.

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