Labour’s biggest ever women’s campaign to reach out to women across the country ahead of May’s general election, visited the East Midlands this week.
This is the first time that the Labour Party has had such a dedicated women’s campaign tour, which had already been visiting constituencies up and down the country.
Women from across Labour’s team – from Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, Parliamentary Labour Party, local government and Trade Unions will be touring the country to discuss with women what they want from government and highlighting Labour’s commitments to women including helping them balance work with caring commitments, promote flexible working, tackling domestic violence and increasing pay transparency.
Labour will show that it is the only party that that will deliver for women in terms of people, policies and politics by running a campaign which will:
- 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.
On its tour of the East Midlands, the bus stopped off in Lincoln, Loughborough, Erewash, Ashfield and Hucknall, where MPs chatted to first time voters at Loughborough College, met with workers as Asda in Lincoln, opened the Erewash campaign office and met with women in Ashfield.
Speaking at the launch of the bus earlier this year, Harriet Harman, Labour’s Deputy Leader 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."