Kirklees and Calderdale have one of the most unequal gender balances in the UK when it comes to parliamentary candidates.

Our research has revealed that out of the 23 candidates running for MP in May's general election, only five are women — just 22 per cent of candidates overall.

Across the Kirklees and Calderdale constituencies, UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and Yorkshire First have no female candidates.

Labour has three female candidates and two male (aided by all-female shortlists), while the Conservative Party has five male candidates and one female candidate, Huddersfield hopeful Itrat Ali.

The Green Party is putting four men and one woman forward for MP jobs.

See how each party fares nationally when it comes to male/female representation in the May general election:




Liberal Democrats


Green Party

In the current UK parliament, 148 MPs out of 650 are female — 22 per cent.

The party with the most female MPs is the Labour Party, with 86 female members (out of 255), while the Conservatives have 48 (out of 304).

The Liberal Democrats have seven female MPs (out of 57) in the House of Commons, while the Green Party's sole MP is female.

The SDLP (total three MPs), Sinn Fein (total five MPs), SNP (total six MPs) and Alliance (total one MP) all have one female MP.

There is one independent female MP in the House of Commons and one independent male MP.

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