Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, was delighted to welcome to the constituency Labour’s Pink Bus and ‘Woman to Woman’ campaign in order to discuss the Party’s commitment to women with female students from Enfield County School.
Rt. Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and Baroness Doreen Lawrence joined Joan on Wednesday 11th March for a lively and informed discussion with sixth form pupils on matters relating to balancing work with caring commitments, promoting flexible working, tackling domestic violence and increasing pay transparency.
Addressing the question of whether the choice of the colour pink for the bus was confirming gender stereotypes, Tessa Jowell said “it's fun and it did get a lot of people talking, not just people being apathetic […] if you talk to the women on the bus, the support has been fantastic all over the country. Women have been behind the idea and there is a sense for a short time of a focus on women, for women, by women and I think it is a good thing.”
House of Commons statistics show that 1,160,000 women in London did not vote in the last General Election in 2010.
In London, 33 out of 73 Labour candidates are women. However, in current Labour held seats and battleground key seats, 26 out of 50 candidates are women.
Hence, if Labour wins its key battleground seats in London this May, they will have gender parity in the London Parliamentary Labour Party for the first time ever – with as many female MPs as male MPs.
Eight out of twelve of Labour’s candidates in its key battleground seats in London are women, including Joan Ryan – for the Tories, eight out of twelve candidates in these seats are men.
Joan Ryan, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“It was really inspiring to meet so many informed and passionate students at Enfield County School.
This is why Labour’s ‘Woman to Woman’ campaign is so important. We are bringing politics to the school gate and engaging with young women who, too often, feel left behind and under-represented in politics.
Under the Tory-led Government local women in Enfield have been hit hard by the cuts to public services and the rising costs of childcare. The Pink Bus tour shows that Labour is putting women’s concerns at the heart of our election campaign. Only a Labour Government - with our commitments to protect the NHS, to provide greater childcare support and to take action on equal pay - will deliver for women and families.”
1. Labour’s Woman to Woman campaign
Labour will show that it is the only Party which will deliver for women in terms of its people, policies and politics by running a campaign which:
- 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.