An CCHQ internal report conducted by Shireen Ritchie (Chairman of the Candidates Committee) and mistakenly sent to National Conservative Convention members as part of the Party Board's September report, provides some interesting statistics about the gender balance of Party candidates...
Full candidates list:
203 women (27%)
62 men (42%)
87 women (58%)
Awaiting Parliamentary Assessment Board (PAB):
341 men (73%)
126 women (27%)
The figures confirm the number of candidates on the Priority list to be 149 and that the second tranche, did indeed consist of "about 50" candidates.
The proportion of men to women between those seeking approval to be candidates, and those already approved is exactly the same.
The report also says that 96 people have enquired about becoming candidates in the last two months, although it doesn't reveal the balance of genders in this group.
In related news, the Board are about to appoint a Deputy Chairman with responsibility for candidates and Don Porter, Chairman of the Convention, is to head a review of the candidacy process. The review will be conducted by Cllr Derek Tipp, Mike Baker and John
Strafford, and will canvass the views of Regional Chairmen.