Women Should Speak Up for ‘No’

Anne was delighted to host a meeting of her Women’s Forum with guest speaker Margaret Curran MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.Womens Forum July 2014 (2)

The main discussion surrounded the referendum on 18th September and why women are supporting the No campaign because it offers the best future for women across Scotland.

Margaret Curran also took the opportunity to showcase Scottish Labour’s five pledges for women. She said: “A year from now, I want to be Secretary of State for Scotland in a Labour Government. The first woman to hold that position in 12 years and only the second woman ever. Improving the lives of women across Scotland will be high on my agenda from day one in the Scotland Office.

That is why I have already set out an ambitious plan for the next Labour government in Scotland. One that gets to grips with the pay gap. That deals with the injustice of 5000 women being forced out of work after maternity leave. And makes sure that from our Parliament to our public bodies, we have truly equal representation, so that we properly represent the communities we serve.

This is real change that we can guarantee for women across Scotland less than a year from now.” Womens Forum July 2014

You can read Scottish Labour’s five pledges for women in full here: http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/blog/entry/labour-launches-five-pledges-to-scotlands-women

Anne’s Women’s Forum meet regularly to discuss any issues affecting them in a relaxed and informal environment. If you live in Aberdeen South and are interested in being added to the mailing list for Anne’s Women’s Forum, please contact Kathryn Russell at russellk@parliament.uk.

Margaret Curran MP & Dame Anne Begg MP with a few of the women who attended
Margaret Curran MP & Dame Anne Begg MP with a few of the women who attended