Students from Filton and Bradley Stoke visit Westminster on International Women’s Day

160308-Cat-Maclean,-Bristol-Technology-and-Engineering-Academy-and-Lucy-Beece,-Downend-School-WEBJack Lopresti MP, yesterday, hosted two students from Filton and Bradley Stoke at Westminster as part of International Women’s Day to promote greater equality for women in politics and the wider world.

Cat Maclean and Lucy Beece were able to watch and ask questions during a session of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, visit Downing Street and watch the remaining Stages of the Enterprise Bill debate in the House of Commons Chamber from the public gallery.

Cat and Lucy were part of a group of 66 students from across the UK who took part in a workshop run by Frances Scott, founder of the 50:50 Parliament campaign, and her team which got everyone thinking about how more female representation in Parliament can be achieved.

MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party all took part in the day.

Jack Lopresti MP said:  “International Women’s day in Parliament is a great opportunity for Students to see Parliament and hopefully realise that gender is not a barrier to any career.   It is great that Cat and Lucy could make it from our local area, I am very sorry to have missed the day myself this year as I was in Northern Ireland with the Select Committee.”

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies, who organised the day for the MPs and students said: “This has been an important day for women across the world and it has shown here in Westminster to all the students who came and to MPs too just what can be achieved and must be achieved if we are to have equality, not just in the numbers of women MPs, but also across the whole of society.”

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