LabourList has today published a feature in which Bex Bailey called for more women in local government.
Bailey, who sits on the Labour Women’s Network Committee, says Lesley Mansell’s selection as candidate is a positive step in itself,.
She writes: “The situation for women in local government is not great. There are just 60 women leaders in total in England and Wales, yet more than 20 men named John.
“Labour has selected four men and two women – including Lesley Mansell in the West of England – for the Metro Mayor elections.
“Cuts to council funding, imposed by a Tory government, are hitting women especially hard – not least in Sunderland, which is set to lose its only domestic violence refuge for women.
“Nationally – and internationally – progress on women’s rights is under threat. But even in these tough times, we have lots to be optimistic about too.”
The full article can be read here.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP joined Lesley Mansell on the campaign trail on Thursday.
Knocking on doors in Lockleaze, John said: “For too long, the West of England has been starved of the investment that is needed to create a fairer and more prosperous economy.
“The West of England will benefit with Lesley Mansell as their Metro Mayor as she will be a strong voice for the region and demand the resources from Government that are necessary to build more housing and to create the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future.
“There is immense potential for our economy in new technology and renewable energy in particular and I’m pleased Lesley has made this one of her campaign priorities.”
Lesley Mansell said: “It was good of John to join me on the campaign trail yesterday.
“He shares my desire to tackle the inequalities of our housing market, the insecurity of our jobs market and to find green and creative solutions to our transport problems. The West of England needs a Labour Mayor to ensure no-one is left behind.”
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