Labour conference: Fight for more women in politics 'begins in Gloucester'
A fight to get more women into politics will begin in Gloucester, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the city Sophy Gardner told her party’s conference in Brighton on Saturday.
The city has been hailed as a beacon for women across the country who want to get into politics.
Ms Gardner introduced Labour leader Ed Miliband to conference delegates and he in turn paid tribute to Gloucester, which he visited back in June.
‘Sobering’ statistics were used at the conference to highlight why there is such a need to get more women representing the country.
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It was claimed that one in five women are living below the poverty line – and that the increase in unemployment among women aged over 50 since 2010 has been 41 per cent, compared to six per cent among older men.
Ms Gardner said: “Attending with me was Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group in Gloucester, and together we sent a strong message about the state of representation of Labour women in Gloucester. I invited other women to come and visit us in Gloucester, see our fabulous city and help us in our campaigning.
“It’s true that the issues affecting older women end up affecting all of us – care of elderly relatives and young grandchildren, higher unemployment rates and lower pay, discrimination in the workplace and in the media.”
"While we must be optimistic about the fact that we are living longer and contributing, through work, caring and volunteering for longer, there are challenges too. We need to be thinking about these and preparing for them now, not waiting for them to happen."