The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave women over 30 years of age and with property qualifications the right to vote. As women could vote, they also had a right to stand for elections. Within the Conservative Party, this started out as 1 candidate in 1918 but had only increased to 31 in the 1979 election. Male candidates completely outnumbered female candidates.

 

1918: 1

 

1922: 5

 

1923: 7

 

1924: 12

 

1929: 10

 

1931: 16

 

1935: 19

 

1945: 14

 

1950: 29

 

1951: 25

 

1955: 33

 

1959: 28

 

1964: 24

 

1966: 21

 

1970: 26

 

1974: 33

 

1974: 30

 

1979: 31