School of Politics and International Relations

Improving candidate diversity in local government should be an urgent political priority

4 April 2019

Mercy Muroki and Professor Philip Cowley published an article for Prospect Magazine about candidate diversity in local government. The article reads: “London is more ethnically diverse than ever before and for the first time ever, the two main parties’ candidates for the London mayoral elections both come from ethnic minority backgrounds. But the majority of local councils still have a way to go until they can be said to be representative of this new status quo—and we need to look at ethnic minority representation and in fact, representation in general—in a more nuanced way than we currently do. In practice, this means parties should take a more targeted approach when recruiting candidates.”