Women’S Suffrage Centenary

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:14 pm on 6th February 2018.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Conservative, Faversham and Mid Kent 1:14 pm, 6th February 2018

My youngest daughter recently asked her father, “Daddy, can men become Members of Parliament too?”, but I suspect that she is a little bit unusual. Does my right hon. Friend agree that we must use the opportunity of the centenary to encourage more women to stand for election and to overcome their fears of being in the public eye, because of the good they could do as an MP or a local councillor? In almost any elected role, one has the opportunity to give people a voice and make lives better.