Richard Harrington MP is supporting a year-long programme of events organised by the UK Parliament to mark 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time.
The Vote 100 programme includes a wide range of events and activities commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.
Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament – “Voice and Vote” – as well as an exciting programme of talks and tours in Parliament. There will also be a number of UK-wide events, such as EqualiTeas and UK Parliament Week 2018.
Schools and community groups in Watford are encouraged to get involved in debating and celebrating this important anniversary.
Watford MP, Richard Harrington, is also organising an art competition for local schools to help mark the occasion. Students are invited to get creative and design anything from a suffragette banner or sash, to a badge, photo or drawing. The winner will be announced later in the year and will receive a prize, as well as a visit to the Houses of Parliament.
To get involved or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01923 296 790
Mr Harrington said: “The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards the rights women have today, and the centenary of that Act is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our progress. That we’ve seen two female Prime Ministers in that time shows just how far we’ve come. “
“That’s why I’m encouraging schools and community groups across Watford to mark the occasion. Whether it’s just chatting about the issues over a cup of tea, or taking part in my art competition, there are so many ways for people across our community to get involved.”
“It’s also important we remember there is still more to do, and I look forward to working with people across Watford to ensure we create an even more equal society.”
Details for Art Competition:
The competition will be officially launched on 8th March (International Women’s Day!) and students will have one month to submit their entries, until the deadline which is 9th April 2018. The winner will then be announced later that month!
You can submit your entries via email or by dropping them to my office in Watford. The address is 30 The Avenue, Watford, WD17 4NS.
I ask that students include contact details with their entries, including name, address, phone number and email.