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Following a vote in the House of Commons, parliamentary sitting hours are to be reformed. MPs have voted in favour of proceedings beginning earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with business beginning at 11.30am and 9.30am respectively. See BBC news for more details.
This is undoubtedly a positive development for the under representation of women in politics. The new sitting hours will reduce the number of late night sittings, thus making parliamentary procedure more amenable to MPs with families. Currently, the House of Commons routinely sits until 10pm, which may have previously discouraged some women from standing for election.
To read more on the issue of the parliamentary reform read the recent report by the Procedure committee.