Update 21st November 2014: Mary’s chat has now taken place, catch up on her #WomenInParliament live chat highlights here.
What role do women play in Parliament? How can we get more young women involved in Parliament?
We’d love to hear your questions in advance and live on the day. Perhaps you want to know…
- Why do we need more young women to join Parliament?
- How are women currently represented in Parliament?
- Who are the amazing young women already active in Parliament?
- Why don’t more young women ‘do politics’?
- What are the barriers to young women getting involved in Parliament? And how can we shift them?
Please tweet us @parliament_week with any advance questions, using #WomenInParliament, and we’ll gather them up for answering on the day. Do also pass this post on, or tag others into your tweets you think may be interested.
This Twitter chat is part of Do Democracy, a national campaign running during Parliament Week to find the burning issues that young people really care about. We will be focusing conversation where possible on the involvement of 16-24 year olds.
Mary has been a champion for women throughout her business career and now in Parliament. She has been involved in many programmes designed to empower women and increase their representation in public life, both locally and nationally. In her constituency, Mary runs regular entrepreneurship seminars for local women who want to set up businesses. In 2010, she set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament, which she still chairs today. The group released its first major report, ‘Improving Parliament’, in the summer.
Mary has been MP for Brentford and Isleworth in West London since May 2010, after more than 20 years working in business. She is the Prime Minister’s Small Business Ambassador for London as well as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and serves on the Number 10 Policy Board with responsibilities for Home & Constitutional Affairs, Justice, Culture, Media and Sport.
Looking forward to hearing from you on 19th November!
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