Local teacher Connie Walker visits Graham Stuart MP in Parliament for ‘Ask Her To Stand’ day
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart today welcomed local Beverley resident and Teach First teacher Connie Walker to Parliament as part of the ‘Ask Her to Stand Day’. The day was organised by the 50:50 organisation which campaigns to achieve a more representative Parliament.
Connie’s day consisted of a variety of exciting activities, such as: a tour of the Parliamentary estate, watching PMQs with the lobby journalists, photos with all MPs and their respective ‘Ask Her to Stand’ guests (where she and Graham were also interviewed by ‘Look North’), lunch with Graham in the House of Lords River restaurant, time in his Parliamentary Office and then a workshop on how to get elected.
Graham Stuart MP commented: “It has been a true pleasure to welcome Connie as my guest for the ‘Ask Her to Stand Day’.
“Speaking with Connie has only reconfirmed to me that we need more women like her in local and national politics. She is an excellent Teach First teacher who obviously cares deeply about her students and the community she lives in. She would make an excellent elected official and would be a true asset to the area she represents.
“Today was about celebrating how far we have come as a society since achieving women’s suffrage and having our first female MPs elected in the early 1900s. However, we must and should do more; we need to continue this campaign of encouraging more women to get involved in politics and to stand for election.
“I truly hope that Connie and the other women who attended Parliament today will consider standing and ultimately joining us on the House of Commons famous green benches”.
Connie Walker commented: “Today has been a fascinating insight into the life of an MP and the running of a Parliamentary office.
“It was empowering to be part of a day dedicated to raising the profile of women in politics and to meet a variety of politicians and councillors from across the country.
“The day has further fostered my interest in politics and opened up the possibility that I could even see myself one day standing for Parliament.
“Graham has been very informative and supportive about the ‘Ask Her to Stand’ event, and I look forward to supporting his work in the near future.”
- Graham Stuart MP and ‘Ask Her To Stand’ day guest Connie Walker being interviewed by BBC Look North
- Graham Stuart MP and ‘Ask Her To Stand’ day guest Connie Walker
- Connie Walker on the House of Commons Terrace
Nov 21st, 2018