Today, Sunday 8th March, is International Women’s Day.
Sheena King, newly selected Labour candidate for Yeovil says “I am proud to be a woman, a mother, and a female member of the Labour party. Today I am proud to be one of the female Prospective Parliamentary Candidates of the Labour party, helping to bridge the gender gap in politics. Today we make people aware of female issues and concerns and celebrate women everywhere. It is also a day where we can focus on achieving fairness and equality for women in the UK and across the world.”
I will campaign to make sure child benefit and child tax credits aren’t cut. I want to ensure the police have enough resources to take domestic abuse and rape victims seriously (I know this applies to men and women) and I want to see equal pay and working conditions for women.
• Labour will recruit 3000 more midwives
• The cost of a nursery place has risen by a third under this government. Labour will increase free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 25 hours a week, which will benefit half a million families.
• Labour will introduce a primary childcare guarantee with breakfast clubs and after school activities from 8am-6pm, to enable women to work as equals to men.
• Labour will double paid paternity leave from 2 to 4 weeks, to help support new mums and give new dads more time with their babies, and increase paternity pay by more than £100/week to at least £260/week.
• Under the Tories, we have 40 000 fewer childcare places and 720 fewer Sure Start centres. Labour want to save Sure Start and will create 50 000 more childcare places at the centres.