For the first time in ages, Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats have two blokes as candidates for the general election. It has been a matter of pride for me as secretary that the local party has almost always chosen a gender-balanced ticket. However, the voters of Coedffranc West spoiled the picture by choosing Helen Clarke as their councillor for 2017-21. One can understand Helen's withdrawal as our parliamentary candidate-in-place in those circumstances, especially with a young family. In the rush to find approved candidates to fight Mrs May's snap election, balance went out of the window.
There is hope elsewhere. As I posted earlier, more of our target seats in England and Wales are being contested by women than in previous years. For those of you whose priority is to get more Liberal Democrat women into parliament, there is a helpful map showing you where to go.