‘Why has devolution been a disaster for gender equality?
Only one woman is expected to be elected as a metro mayor in Thursday’s local elections. The male culture could hold back women’s interests, warn campaigners
If predictions turn out to be correct, Thursday’s local elections will see Sue Jeffrey become the only female “metro mayor” in the UK. With only four female mayors out of 16 mayors elected in England since 2010, and seven out of 41 of the police and crime commissioners in England and Wales, it is undeniable that the wave of devolution to cities and regions, begun under the coalition and continuing this week with the election of the metro mayors of six new combined authorities, has been disastrous for women’s representation.’