Some of the nation's top female Conservatives will meet in Birmingham tonight to discuss ways of getting more women in Parliament.

Shadow Cabinet Member Caroline Spelman (Con Meriden) and Theresa May, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, will be among those gathering in the Metro Bar.

The event has been organised by Women2Win, set up by David Cameron to help modernise the party.

Also attending will be MP Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove) and parliamentary candidates Deirdre Alden, Maggie Throup and Karen Lumley.

They have been selected by the Conservatives to contest Edgbaston, Solihull and Redditch respectively - three of the most winnable seats in the region for the Tories.

Women from across the West Midlands have been invited to attend.

Mrs May said: "Women2Win has already attracted many women to take a look at what politics is all about.

"We are repeating our successful formula of inviting women along for a glass of wine and a chat at an informal gathering where women can talk with current MPs, parliamentary candidates, councillors and complete novices.

"It is as much about how Women2Win can help other women as how women can help Women2Win."

* The event takes place the the Metro Bar, 73 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, from 6pm to 8pm.