London (AFP) - Britain has collapsed in global rankings of the number of women in parliament, a pressure group said on Thursday, urging political parties to increase women candidates ahead of the 2015 election.
Since 2001 Britain fell from 33rd to 65th place this year in world rankings, according to Counting Women In, which campaigns for the equal representation of women in government.
The number of women in local government fell 3.5 percent to 13.1 percent in the last decade, the group said in a report, "Sex And Power 2014: Who Runs Britain?".
"Elections are a unique opportunity for parties to make a real improvement in the number of women MPs we have," said Fawcett Society deputy chief executive Eva Neitzert.
"We urge the parties to field more women candidates in safe and retirement seats to ensure women are represented equally in their party."