The women officers from the Heartlands region of Birmingham Coventry and Solihull met this weekend to discuss ways to increase female representation in the regional party structure.
Heartlands Conservative Area Chair Cllr Suzanne Webb, who organised the lunch said "It's extremely encouraging to see the progress we are making across Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull with female representation. This time last year we only had 3 lady officers, now we have 11. We have a long way to go, but something is clearly working"
Recently Birmingham hosted the first ever Conservative Women's conference. MP's and prominent speakers from across the country who specialise in female policy areas along with activists discussed ways to bring these female issues to front line Conservative politics.
Jim Cooper, West Midlands Conservative Regional Chair said "We have a lot to be proud of with the progress we are making here in the West Midlands with our female representation. Across the region, we are seeing more female officers and more women coming forward to stand for office, however we must not be complacent. There is a lot more we can do to encourage more women to join the party and I'm pleased to be working with the WM Women's Conservative Organisation to make that happen"
The lunch concluded with an overall consensus that women in the party must have a supportive structure in place for those already actively involved and in elected positions as well as more female focussed events which will attract more women to the party.