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Women MP candidate quotas proposed
Obligatory quotas for the number of women put forward for selection as a parliamentary candidate by each political party have been proposed.
A cross-party conference chaired by Speaker John Bercow, acknowledged that its suggestion would be controversial.
The conference on diversity issues was commissioned by the prime minister.
It wants the parties either to improve the representation of women at the 2010 general election, or face mandatory quotas for the next one.
Its report states: "We recognise that equality guarantees do not sit easily within some political party cultures.
"Yet, to date, the all-women shortlist has been the only mechanism to have produced a significant step-change in representation in the House of Commons in a relatively short period of time."