Ladies who launch election bids

The Women's Equality Party has announced Rebecca Manson Jones as its candidate for the Brockley by-election on October 13th. They say:

“We are delighted to announce Rebecca as our candidate for Brockley, We’re looking forward to speaking to women - and men - across the district about our policies on equal parenting, equal pay and flexible working, because we know that equality makes life better for everyone.

“Rebecca has rich experience of community activism in Lewisham, and will bring her understanding, wit and warmth to consideration of everything from local libraries to conservation of green spaces. She is a champion of the arts, and I know she will throw herself with her customary passion into working to enhance community life across the borough.”

Manson Jones, a local theatre director, has led work promoting access and diversity in the arts for many years. “Lewisham is changing and it’s time we put gender equality at the heart of our council,” she said. “The Women’s Equality Party is leading this change - our values, our policies and our funds are crowd-sourced from our members and supporters, and our aim is to make London the first city in the world where women and men are equal.”

“I plan to bring a fresh perspective to the council, using the WEP approach of non-partisan, collaborative working. But I am also determined to make change: London has the highest rates of sexual violence in the UK and I will work tirelessly to make sure Brockley’s streets are made safer for women.”

Will WE make herstory in Brockley by winning their first-ever Council seat or will the middle class ladies party's brand of identity politics struggle for relevance at a time when the Council is wrestling with budgets that have been cut to the bone?


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