Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Gloria De Piero MP, Shadow Minister for women and equalities are bringing their women’s campaign to London ahead of May’s General Election.
House of Commons statistics show that 1,160,000 women in London did not vote in the last General Election in 2010.
At the London launch, Harriet Harman and Gloria De Piero met with women at the New Addington Community centre Croydon,to discuss Labour’s commitments to women - including helping them balance work with caring commitments, promoting flexible working, tackling domestic violence and increasing pay transparency.
This is the first time the Labour Party has had such a dedicated women’s campaign tour which is scheduled to visit all of Labour’s Key Seats in London in the coming weeks.
They will be talking to women voters at school gates, in workplaces, shopping centres, universities, in town centres and on the doorstep up until the General Election.
In London, 33 out of 73 Labour candidates are women. However, in current Labour held seats and battleground key seats, 26 out of 50 candidates are women.
Hence, if Labour wins its key battleground seats in London this May, they will have gender parity in the London Parliamentary Labour Party for the first time ever – with as many female MPs as male MPs.
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:
"This election will be a watershed for women in this country. Women in London had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.
“If you look at soaring childcare costs in London it’s nearly half the weekly wage for many families – leaving thousands of women unable to return to work. This is bad for London’s women, families and the economy.
“Labour continues to lead on women’s representation in parliament. Eight out of twelve of our candidates in key seats in the capital being women.
“With the ‘Woman to Woman’ bus we will be discussing with women what they want from government. The campaign will bring politics to the school gate, and the shopping centre, as well as colleges, offices and factories.”
Labour’s Woman to Woman campaign will show Labour’s strong offer for women in its manifesto.
Labour has a strong record on issues like childcare, family care, equal pay and tackling domestic violence.
Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Gloria De Piero MP, Shadow Minister for women and equalities are bringing their women’s campaign to London ahead of May’s...