Maria Caulfield MP encourages women in Lewes constituency to stand for public office to commemorate 100 years since women were given the vote

Maria Caulfield MP has been meeting women across the Lewes Constituency this weekend encouraging them 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.

We want to see more women in public life, and more women representing the Conservative Party at all levels.

That is why we announced £5 million to help celebrate this milestone and to encourage more women to engage in our democracy. It will fund activities in the cities and towns with strong links to the campaign for women’s suffrage, and allow local communities to apply for money to run celebratory events.

Theresa May and 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 we 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 our candidates department and Maria Caulfield MP as Vice-Chair for Women to look at how we can get more female candidates and we are working hard in Government to give women greater financial security, ensure equal opportunities in the workplace – so there’s no glass ceiling - and are working to end violence against women and girls.

Maria Caulfield MP said “A record number of women were elected to Parliament at the 2017 General Election – but there is still a lot more work to do. I want to see more women in politics, and more women representing the Conservative Party at all levels.”

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