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 Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee 1:14 pm, 6th February 2018

I am sorry that I was a little late, Mr Speaker, but I had something else that I could not avoid. However, I am so delighted to be able to celebrate this centenary. As some may know, men also played a major part in ensuring that the vote was given to women. In the late 1860s, Jacob Bright, with Richard Pankhurst, brought forward the first Bill to give women total female suffrage, and I believe that that tradition can be continued. For example, I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend Justine Greening for her help in getting my Bill, which is now the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014, through in order to protect women. We men are behind everything that you have said.