By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
A WOMEN’S rights group has criticised the drop in female councillors on Bristol City Council.
After last week’s local elections there are just 17 women on the city council, less than a quarter of the 70 councillors on the authority.
Shirley Brown, who stood down, was also replaced by a male councillor in Ashley.
A spokesperson from Bristol Fawcett said: “At a time when Government cuts are hitting the jobs, employment rights and financial security of women disproportionately, and women are at risk of losing the gains made towards equality in recent years, it has never been more important for women’s voices to be heard.
“The results add weight to the concern that the drive for women’s equality is turning backwards. We look to the political parties locally to encourage more women into politics – particularly women from black and minority ethnic communities, whose under-representation is even more acute than for women overall.
“We want assurances that the concerns of women will be heard and acted on in our city.”