It was Lord Robert Cecil who brought in the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act of 1918 which gave women the right to be MPs.
The great Parliamentarian then spoke to his colleagues from the heart. “Some Members wept,” Channon noted.
If you know a woman who would make a phenomenal Conservative representative, ask her to stand.
Two former Conservative Women’s Organisation Chairmen on its centenary – “predating Labour’s Women’s Network by six decades”.
Ours is the party that believes in equality of opportunity, in everyone having the chance to fulfil their potential, irrespective of where you come from or who you are.
By accepting that 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland could vote on their future during the Scottish referendum, we undermined the case for not extending the franchise further.
“I think it’s amazing how well the men did for two thousand years considering that they tried to do it alone.”
Too often, we still take our democratic rights for granted.
It was not entirely clear at the time that it had created a new political structure that would last for generations – with the Conservatives as the leading party of the state.
In 2005, the party still only had 17 women MPs. Ten years on, it is 68. The Universities are taking note.
Unless there is a significant increase in women MPs at the 2015 general election, we will need to look at this issue in detail, and all options should be on the table.