Efforts to achieve gender balance in our Parliament and Councils have been, at best, well-meaning but unsuccessful and too slow.
50:50 gender balanced representation is achievable with minor changes to electoral practice. In two-member constituencies, voters place a cross against their preferred candidate on two ballot papers – one of male candidates, the other of female candidates. Result? 50:50 gender outcome.
Sandy is now retired from a career as a Factory Inspector, part-time magistrate and ex-Parish Councillor for Ickworth, he is still an active democrat, political party member and activist.