The female path to Parliament

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh

Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh

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A new project to get more women running for political office will get underway in Sheffield next week.

OVer 30 women have already signed up to attend the first Parliament Project workshop on April 6, which will feature MP Louise Haigh, who will share her experiences.

The Parliament Project is a non-partisan initiative that seeks to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK. It runs information and skills building events and offers peer networking to support women to get elected.

Ms Haigh said: “I really hope my experiences will help more women to navigate their own route into Parliament or to stand for election at any level.

“Being able to represent Sheffield Heeley as a woman in Parliament is a huge honour, and I know so many other women out there who would make fantastic MPs but are faced with obstacles that men simply don’t have to deal with.

“We’ve made huge progress in parliament on gender representation but we have a long way to go and efforts like the Parliament Project are so important in helping women overcome the structural barriers that stand in their way.”

icola Waterworth, northern coordinator of the Parliament Project, said: “We know that there are huge numbers of women out there with the skills, talent and ambition to stand for elected office. The Parliament Project creates a space for women to explore their political ambition, understand what the roles involve, and get inspired.”

‘Becoming an MP’ will be held in the Council Chambers of Sheffield Town Hall from 6.30pm.

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