As we mark 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote, local MP Chris Skidmore is inviting everyone across the Kingswood Constituency to get involved in UK Parliament Week and play a part in our thriving democracy.
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 and empower them to get involved and have a say in their democracy.
The initiative is part of the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 programme, which celebrates equal voting rights and other major milestones in the UK’s democratic history. This comes as a record high of 32% women MPs were elected to the House of Commons in 2017’s General Election.
In 2017, UK Parliament Week reached more than 360,000 people, with over 4,500 events. The festival is now in its eighth successful year, with the 2018 edition expected to be the largest ever, with more than 7,000 registered events and over 500,000 people taking part. Participating organisations include Scouts, Girlguiding, and the British Youth Council.
Local MP Chris, who attended the UK Parliament Week stall in Parliament during the celebratory week, said: “As the local MP I welcome the involvement of people around Kingswood, Hanham and surrounding areas of the constituency during UK Parliament Week 2018. I am determined to ensure that our voters and citizens of tomorrow understand how vital their participation is in our democracy, and I’m excited to see so many schools, Girlguides, Scouts and local groups taking part in this fantastic initiative”
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said: “There are many exciting events as part of this year’s UK Parliament Week, with many of those happening in and around Kingswood. Schools, workplaces and community groups across the country have a chance to get involved in their democracy, and to also celebrate one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history. We can only work towards a more equal society if we all engage with democracy so please find ways to get involved this Parliament Week.”
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, which will be celebrated on 14 December this year. You can find more about Vote 100 here and this year’s UK Parliament Week here.