Chalk calls for more female MPs in Parliament

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has this week marked International Women's Day by adding his support to calls for more female MPs in the House of Commons.


Speaking in the International Women's Day debate in the House, Mr Chalk intervened to say:


''Does my hon. Friend agree that having more women in Parliament is in the national interest? It will improve the tone and tenor of debate and, dare I say it, the quality of our legislation?''


Responding to Mr Chalk's comments, the MP for Burton, Andrew Griffiths said:


''My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is no surprise that when we widen the gene pool and get more women and diversity around the table, we make better decisions.''


Speaking after the debate, Alex said:


''On International Women's Day it is important to welcome the progress we have made in recent years in progressing towards a more equal society, while also recognising that we still have some way to go to ensuring Parliament is truly representative of society as a whole.''