27 OCT 2017

First Female Statue to be erected in Parliament Square

The first female statue will be erected in Parliament Square next year to recognise the life of one of Suffolk's most famousdaughter's, Millicent Garrett-Fawcett, pioneer of women's suffrage. Millicent was born and lived in Aldeburgh and was the great-grand daughter of Richard Garrett, who ran the agricultural machinery manufacturing plant in Leiston, preserved today in the Long Shop museum.

The statue will mark the centenary of voting rights being extended to women under the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the ability for women to stand for Parliament for the first time under the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918.

To mark the centenary the Government has also announced a £5 million fund for projects to raise awareness of this crucial milestone and to inspire people to play their part in building a diverse political system for the future.

The Women's Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme has two categories: small grants of up to £2,000 to support small local celebratory events and larger grants for projects from £2,000 to £125,000 that focus on increasing young people's understanding of democracy and encourage women to participate in public life.

Therese said: "Considering our heritage I would be delighted if local groups in Suffolk could prepare bids. I will post again when the scheme formally opens."

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