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Women in Parliament

The Liberal Democrats say they're proud of their commitment to equality.

Lorely Burt
Lorely Burt
Yet just nine of their 63 MPs are women and although the party says it's pledged to increase the number selected for winnable seats, some of the critics doubt this can be achieved without all women shortlists.

At a gathering of political experts at Manchester University next month, a paper is to be presented on the subject .

It's been written by Elizabeth Evans of Goldsmiths College, who conducted a thorough survey of Lib Dem women candidates and MPs.

We brought her together with Lorely Burt who chairs the party's parliamentary group of MPs. How did Liz Evans rate the Lib Dems' attempts at selecting women for winnable seats?

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