It’s Parliament Week! UK Parliament Week is a UK-wide festival taking place from 12-18 November, which aims to engage people, especially young people, from different backgrounds and communities, with the UK Parliament. This is a chance to learn more about the UK Parliament, how it works and why your voice matters.
There’s no better time to get involved in our parliamentary democracy as we celebrate 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote. Throughout the week, Parliament’s Vote 100 programme is marking this milestone through holding a major exhibition, talks and tours, plus events around the UK. Find our more here.
Other centenaries coming up this year include the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act which gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as an MP and the 1918 General Election when women over 30 and all men over 21 voted for the first time.
A record high of 32% women MPs were elected to the House of Commons in 2017’s General Election. This is a good start, but there is still plenty of work to be done!
I am visiting a couple of schools in Chester this week to talk about ways to explore and engage in our democracy. If you want to visit Parliament or chat to me in Chester about Parliament, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
There are plenty of exciting events going on this week in Parliament and across the country. Sign up or attend an #UKPW18 event and explore democratic equality here: http://www.ukparliamentweek.org