Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, is encouraging women across Redditch to get involved in politics and stand for public office in advance of Tuesday’s 100-year anniversary since Parliament gave women the right to vote.

Rachel said: “I want to see more women in public life, and particularly in politics. That is why I was pleased that at the last Budget it was announced £5m would be available to help celebrate this milestone and to inspire more women to engage in democracy. The money will fund activities in cities and towns with strong links to the campaign for women’s suffrage, and allow communities to apply for money to run celebratory local events.”

The Conservatives have a proud record of promoting women in politics. The first woman to sit in the House of Commons was a Conservative, and the Conservatives were the first party in the western world to elect a female Prime Minister. The Prime Minister co-founded Women2Win, appointed a female vice-chair to the candidates’ department to look at how to get more females involved, and the Government is working hard to give women greater financial security, ensure equal opportunities in the workplace and put an end to violence against women and girls.

Rachel added: “A record number of women were elected to Parliament at the 2017 General Election – and of course Redditch has a proud history of women Members of Parliament – but there is still a lot more work to do.

“That is why I will be celebrating this milestone and using it as a great opportunity to encourage more women to stand for public office.”

Picture shows Rachel with women Conservative borough councillors, candidates and supporters on Redditch’s Town Hall steps.