Conservative Vice-Chairman for Women Maria Caulfield MP has joined colleagues in Parliament to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.
At the start of the day Maria Caulfield joined other female Parliamentarians and the Prime Minister in Westminster Hall and the Central Lobby of Parliament for an event to mark the occasion that included the original Representation of the People Act 1918 on display along with other suffragette artefacts.
The Lewes MP is only the 419th female MP to be elected to the House of Commons since the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave certain women the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.
During a debate later in the day in the House of Commons chamber led by the Home Secretary, Maria Caulfield highlighted how successful East and West Sussex had been in electing female MPs and councillors , highlighting the Home Secretary herself as a leading example as the MP for Hastings and Rye.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Today we are marking 100 years since some women were given the right to vote. This was a huge milestone that women suffered and died for. I am proud to have been the 419th female MP but we need to ensure that more women are able to take part in our democracy and use their talents to stand for and be elected to public office.”
“Both Houses of Parliament have many talented and brilliant female Parliamentarians, and our democracy and our country will be better as we increase the number of us.”