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Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, commenting on the survey by the Cranfield School of Management, said:

“Increasing the number of women in the top jobs is not only important for equality and diversity. Unlocking the full talent and potential of all of our people is an important driver of economic success.

“However, progress on increasing the number of women Executive Directors on boards has recently stalled, with the Director of Boardwatch UK describing us as being stuck ‘in the doldrums.’

“This is extremely disappointing. Labour believes it is vital that all of our institutions are reflective of the society they were designed to serve. Women and men have different experiences, of the workplace, of parenthood, of communities - and each of these different perspectives is important in ensuring we meet the needs of everyone in our society.

“From the woeful number of women in the Cabinet, to steps backwards for women Executive Directors in top businesses, it is clear that we are simply not making sufficient voluntary progress on female representation under this Government.”

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