06 FEB 2018

Therese Encourages More Women to Stand for Public Office to Commemorate 100 years since Women were given the Vote

Today marks the 100 year anniversary since Parliament gave women the right to vote. Across Parliament and the country, there are a number of events to celebrate this milestone under the banner #Vote100. To mark the occasion permanently, Parliament Square will have its first ever statue of a woman, Suffolk's very own Millicent Fawcett. It is due to be unveiled later this year.

The Government announced £5 million to help celebrate this milestone with events up and down the country to encourage more women to engage in our democracy. You can still apply to the Centenary Grant Scheme to help fund celebratory events. More details at - https://www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk/"

Suffolk Coastal MP, Therese Coffey said: "I want to encourage more events across Suffolk this year. Not only was Millicent Fawcett born here, we had the last significant criminal act by Suffragettes in Felixstowe with the burning down of the Bath Hotel. "

Therese added: "As Suffolk's first female MP, I want to see many more women in public life. It was great that Jo Churchill was elected to represent Bury St Edmunds in 2015 and I want to encourage more women to put themselves forward for elected office."

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