This year marks the 100th anniversary of votes for (some) women. We all know that Suffrage wasn’t offered to women. It was won by women after a long and determined battle. And that determination for change continues in politics today.
50% of the Labour Party Shadow Cabinet are now women. Women are making a pretty impressive impact within the Labour Party. Take Dawn Butler, for example (Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities). She was first elected as MP for Brent South in 2015, the third black woman to become a British MP after Diane Abbott and Oona King. In 2016 she was voted People’s Choice Labour MP of the Year. In 2017 she was voted the Overall MP of the Year (Patchwork Foundation awards).
For more on the Shadow Cabinet Team follow this link to our national Labour Party website: – https://labour.org.uk/people/shadow-cabinet/
And locally, Eastbourne women are also making a real impact. At last summer’s Labour Party Conference, the ‘at least 50% women rule’ was brought in for Constituency Labour Party (CLP) Executive Committees. Eastbourne CLP voted in its Executive Committee at the end of March this year. 4 out of our 6 main officers are now women and 8 out of a total 13 posts on the Committee are women. Our Women’s Officer Geraldine Rolfe, and her team, have worked hard at encouraging women members to grow in confidence and become more involved. Together they have set up and promoted an active Eastbourne Labour Party Women’s Forum.
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