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Harriett celebrates Suffragette centenary

7th February 2018

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin this week celebrated the centenary of women winning the right to vote joining a gathering of female MPs.

There are more female MPs than ever serving in the House of Commons – 208 women were elected last year making up nearly a third of the chamber.

The current cohort of MPs gathered with Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in General Elections. All women were allowed to vote on equal terms with men ten years later.

Harriett commented: “This is a memorable anniversary and I was proud to stand amongst so many strong and capable women, alongside the second female Prime Minister, to mark this day.

“I try to do all I can to inspire women and girls to get involved in politics either at a local or national level and over the years I have visited many of my local primary schools to talk to pupils about how important it is to vote.

“The battle to secure equal voting rights was a hard-fought campaign but I am delighted that there are so many women serving in the House of Commons speaking up for their women electors.

“There is, of course, so much more to do to equalize the number of men and women MPs but this is an important milestone in that effort.”

Photo: Members of the Houses of the Commons and Lords gather with Prime Minister Theresa May with the Act of Parliament granting women the vote for the first time. Photo credit: Jessica Taylor.

Suffragette Centenary: Members of the Houses of the Commons and Lords gather with Prime Minister Theresa May

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