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Improving candidate diversity in local government should be an urgent political priority

There are just four black Conservative councillors in the whole of London

After every general election, there is a slew of commentary on the make-up of parliament—what age are MPs, how many are women, how many from ethnic minority backgrounds? All the main political parties claim to take this seriously and all have developed mechanisms to bolster candidate diversity. Yet about local government—both an important tier of government in its own right, and one which often acts as a gateway into national politics—very little is known.

Take a look at London, for example, as we did for an article just out in Political…

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