High Peak MP Ruth George MP celebrated International Women’s Day – and 100 years of (some) women getting the vote with women from across the constituency on Saturday 10 March.
“We had a fabulous morning chatting over coffee and cakes about what women want from politics from – Sure Starts and affordable homes, to equal pay, as well as honesty and integrity in politics,” said Ruth.
“I am very proud to be the first woman MP for High Peak and wanted to mark International Women’s Day by getting together with women to discuss politics.
“The whole event was positively buzzing with ideas and energy, although it was sad to note that one hundred years after (some) women getting the vote, issues of equality and fairness still top the list of what women want from politics.
“I’d like to thank everyone who attended and made suggestions.
“Many of the issues raised were ones on which I am already campaigning and provided some useful evidence. I will now be looking to see how I can take these, and other ideas, forward,” Ruth added.
Key themes were education, health and social care. Some suggestions were specific policy requests including scrapping university tuition fees; bus passes for carers support for alternative forms of energy and better childcare.
Others took the long view and wanted to see a more equal and fair society, between all classes and genders.
The event was held at Glossop Labour Club and was attended by more than 30 women.