The Lib Dems have warned that trust in politicians is falling to an 'irreparable' all-time low following a damning report by Young Women's Trust.
The report, released today, uncovers a 69% drop in confidence in politicians amongst women aged 18 to 30 who are on low or no income.
Responding to the worrying report, Liberal Democrat MEP Jane Brophy said:
“Now, more than ever, we need people to have faith in their politicians. This report by the Young Women’s Trust demonstrates a consistent and disturbing fall in confidence amongst young women in the last 12 months alone.
"That is a massive failure on the part of politicians in this country.
"Lib Dem Jo Swinson is the only female leader of a major party in the UK, showing that politics, like with many other industries, has a long way to go in promoting women to the top jobs.
“Only by having women at the very heart of politics and decision-making will we finally see real, meaningful change being delivered to the most vulnerable women in our society.
"We have a fight on our hands to get there, but I am determined to see women’s confidence in their elected politicians urgently rise, because if we don't take action now, we risk serious irreparable damage."