On the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time, Rupa Huq MP took the opportunity to attend a careers evening at Notting Hill & Ealing High School.
The Ealing Central & Acton MP is a notable alumni of the local girl’s school was glad to have the opportunity to inspire next generation of young women on such a momentous day.
Earlier on Tuesday Dr Huq spoke in the ‘Women’s Suffrage Centenary’ debate in Parliament to call for greater diversity in Parliament. Dr Huq asked..
“I am proud to be one of those making what the Home Secretary described as the most diverse Parliament ever. I am not only one of the one third who are women, but one of the 7.8% who are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. My maternal grandmother was illiterate; her passport had a thumbprint in it because she could not write her own name. Does the Home Secretary agree that on a day like today, it is not enough simply to pat ourselves on the back?
A year-long programme of events is organised by the UK Parliament to mark 100 years since the 1918 Act with a wide range of events and activities commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.
Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament – “Voice and Vote” – as well as an exciting programme of talks and tours in Parliament. There will also be a number of UK-wide events, such as EqualiTeas and UK Parliament Week 2018.
Schools and community groups in Ealing Central and Acton are encouraged to get involved in debating and celebrating this important anniversary in our democracy.
Rupa said “The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards the rights women have today, and the centenary of the Act is an incredibly important opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought – and in some cases died – for equality.
We all know that there is still more to do, whether it’s chatting about issues over a cup of tea, or engaging with one of the many exciting events as part of this year’s UK Parliament Week.
I look forward to working with people across Ealing Central and Acton to ensure we create an even more equal society.”