|Labour Party Want More Women In Politics|
New Forum launched to encourage political and community involvement
A new forum to encourage women across Hounslow to get involved in political and community life has been launched Labour Party women politicians in the borough.
Labour’s new MP for Felton and Heston, Seema Malhotra and Lisa Homan, the Labour local candidate for the London Mayoral election, launched the Hounslow Labour women’s Forum last weekend, and pledged to ensure that women’s concerns were heard by politicians at local and national level.
Over 30 local residents attended the launch.
Cllr Liz Hughes said "The Tory-led Government is hitting women hard, with cutbacks in childcare support, pensions and legal aid for Domestic Violence cases to name a few. Hounslow Labour Women's forum is a really important space for Labour members and supporters to meet, understand the impacts locally and campaign for a better deal"
Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow's Deputy Leader said "Increasing numbers of children will be brought up in poverty. As Councillors we will do what we can to ensure our services respond, but we also need to challenge publicly the attacks on women and on family life."
Hounslow Labour Assembly Candidate Lisa Homan "It was striking but not surprising that the women who attended on Saturday are very concerned about cuts to services which have an impact on their safety, and it very much reflects what women are saying to me. They are worried about the reduction in police in our Safer Neighbourhood Teams and about the cuts to transport staff at stations. These are issues that affect a women's freedom to travel around London without fear for their personal safety, and I will fight tooth and nail on this issue."
February 9, 2012