This is the first time the Labour Party has had such a dedicated women’s campaign tour which is already scheduled to visit over 70 constituencies before the short campaign with a launch in every region, in Scotland and Wales.
Women from across Labour’s team - Women from Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, Parliamentary Labour Party, MEPs, local government and the Trade Unions will be touring the country to discuss with women across the country what they want from Government and highlighting Labour’s commitments to women including helping them balance work with caring commitments, promoting flexible working, tackling domestic violence and increasing pay transparency. They will be talking to women voters at school gates, in workplaces, shopping centres, universities, in town centres and on the doorstep.
A Labour majority would produce a PLP which is 43 per cent women and our target is to get to 50/50. Over half of Labour’s 2015 target seats (53 per cent) have women PPCs and 65 per cent of Labour’s retiring seats have women PPCs.
But new figures released today by the Labour Party show that only 25 per cent of Conservative candidates in their target seats are women. For the Lib Dems the figure in their target seats is 31 per cent women.
Labour believes a balanced team of men and women is not just good in principle but it brings a balanced political agenda which works better. That is why Labour is committed to working towards a 50:50 men women PLP.
Woman to Woman campaign
Labour will show that it is the only Party which will deliver for women in terms of its people, policies and politics by running a campaign which:
- Has a strong offer for women in its manifesto;
- Puts women’s concerns at the heart of the campaign in terms of spokespeople, news stories and events including a tour across the regions and nations;
- Reminds women voters about Labour’s strong record on issues like childcare, family care, equal pay and tackling domestic violence;
- Highlights the Tory and Lib Dem actions which have made life harder for women such as tax changes, a crisis in A&E and the continued pay gap;
- Harnesses the energy, strength and breadth of Labour’s women, including the 1000 activists who attended this year’s annual Women’s Conference and the hundreds of women across the country who participated in Gloria’s highly successful “What Women Want” tour and Harriet Harman’s Older Women’s Commission;;
- Draws on the talent of Labour women members, trade unionists, MPs, frontbenchers, Shadow Cabinet members, Peers, Councillors, MSPs, AMs and MEPs;
- And works with women’s organisations and the women’s movement in this country.
Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:
"We believe that this election will be a watershed for women in this country. Women had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.
“With ‘Woman to Woman’ we will be discussing with women what they want from government. The campaign will bring politics to the school gate and the shopping centre as well as colleges, offices and factories.
“There’s been a lot of talk about UKIP or the SNP holding the balance of power. The reality is that the 9.1 million women who did not vote in the last General Election will hold the balance of power and decide who walks into No 10.”
Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:
“Woman to Woman is all about getting out and speaking to women across the country about the issues they care about and how a Labour Government can and will deliver for them – from saving our NHS to more support for working families with the cost of childcare, an £8 minimum wage and action on equal pay.
“I want to enter Government with the voices of the women we meet across the country still ringing in our ears. That way, we will make sure we are a Government that delivers for women and their families.”
Lucy Powell, Vice Chair of Labour’s General Election campaign said:
“This is a once in a generation choice about who our country works for. We have set a goal of holding four million conversations in just four months about how we change our country and our Woman to Woman tour will put women in the driving seat.
“At the election women will have a choice between a failing plan and a better plan for working families. David Cameron’s plan is failing women because his priority is to help a few at the top. The Tories just don’t understand that Britain only succeeds when working families succeed. Labour has a better plan for a better future for women and their families. On improving living standards, on making sure our young people have a decent future and on safeguarding and reforming our NHS so it has time to care Labour will put the voice of women front and centre as part of this campaign.”
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