The Labour Party’s pink bus visited Brent Central recently to celebrate International Women’s Day and lend its support to Dawn Butler’s campaign to represent the people of Brent in parliament.
Harriet Harman MP, deputy leader of the Labour Party, joined Dawn at the Asian Women Resource Centre in Craven Park.
The pair discussed the party’s pledges to women including helping them balance work with caring commitments, promoting flexible working, tackling domestic violence and increasing pay transparency.
As part of the Woman to Woman campaign, female Labour MPs are travelling around the country with the pink bus, speaking to women voters in town centres and on the doorstep until the General Election.
Speaking at the event Harriet Harman said: “With ‘Woman to Woman’ we are discussing with women what they want from government. The campaign brings politics to the school gate and the shopping centre as well as universities, offices and factories.”
1,160,000 women in London did not vote in the last General Election in 2010 according to House of Commons statistics.
Dawn is one of eight female candidates in Labour’s 12 key battleground seats in London. In the Conservative Party, eight out of 12 candidates in these seats are men.
If Labour win these seats in May the party will have gender parity in the London Parliamentary Party for the first time, with as many female MPs as male MPs.
Dawn Butler added: “When I speak to young women in Brent too often they feel left behind and under-represented in politics.”
“It is so important that we encourage young women in Brent to have their voices heard, and to be part of the decisions that shape their future.”
“All political parties have to work to ensure we have a parliament that genuinely reflects our diverse society, and I’m proud Labour is making progress.”