Course of History

Female Conservative candidates 1918 to 1979

Female Conservative candidates 1918 to 1979

The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave women over 30 years of age and with property qualifications the right to vote. As women could vote, they also had a right to stand for elections. Within the Conservative Party, this started out as 1 candidate in 1918 but had only increased to 31 in the 1979 election. Male candidates completely outnumbered female candidates.

1918: 1

1922: 5

1923: 7

1924: 12

1929: 10

1931: 16

1935: 19

1945: 14

1950: 29

1951: 25

1955: 33

1959: 28

1964: 24

1966: 21

1970: 26

1974: 33

1974: 30

1979: 31

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