Lee Chalmers
I am the lead Lothian list candidate for the Women's Equality Party for the Scottish Parliamentary elections 2016. Small business owner. Part time PhD student at Edinburgh Uni studying the relationship between trolling and womens willingness to engage in public life.

Entries by Lee Chalmers

Can Scotland Become the Most Gender Equal Country in the World?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 May 2016 | (16:32)


This week's Scottish Parliamentary election sees more parties than ever field candidates. One new entry is the Women's Equality Party, founded just one year ago by comedienne Sandi Toksvig and Time journalist Catherine Mayer. It has since gathered over 47,000 members...

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Hate Crime Is Only Funny When It's About Women

(153) Comments | Posted 3 March 2013 | (23:00)

It's not been a great few weeks to be a woman. Against the backdrop of recent allegations of sexual misconduct in politics and a thoroughly sexist Oscars ceremony, Twitter was all a flutter over the past weekend as it discovered t-shirts being sold through Amazon with the slogan 'Keep Calm...

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No Women Bishops, No Automatic Seats in the House of Lords

(59) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (13:05)

Judging by the reaction of the press, old and new, many people were shocked and saddened by the Church of England synods decision yesterday not to allow women to be Bishops. This is an internal matter to the Church and even if we disagree with it, we may be able...

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Diversity in the Reformed House of Lords

(1) Comments | Posted 18 September 2011 | (11:46)

On Saturday the 17th September, the Liberal Democrat conference passed a motion on the reform of the House of Lords. One of the amendments in particular is very relevant to increasing the numbers of women the UK Houses of Parliament.

The Lib Dems favour a fully elected second chamber, a...

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Why we Should be a bit More like Louise Mensch

(3) Comments | Posted 30 July 2011 | (00:00)

So the press have dug around into Conservative MP Louise Menschs past and discovered, shock horror, that she 'probably' took some drugs at a nightclub when she was in her twenties. Why this is news is frankly beyond me but why this has come out now, is not....

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The UK Doesn't Need a Minister for Women

(10) Comments | Posted 15 July 2011 | (02:02)

Theresa May, as UK Home Secretary, has one of the most important jobs in government. Many grand men have held the post before her, however, by virtue of her being born female she also has another role, Minister for Women (and Equalities). The 'women' part of this supplementary role is...

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Women Are to Blame For the Ills of Society

(2) Comments | Posted 14 July 2011 | (06:17)

If you were listening to right leaning UK politicians and political commentators recently you'd think so. Last week Peter Oborne was pointing to the decline of the nuclear family and the impact that has on care for the elderly. He argued that the welfare state was originally designed...

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