MP backs 50:50 campaign

Mike Weir is pictured with other MPs who are backing the campaign
Mike Weir is pictured with other MPs who are backing the campaign

Angus MP, Mike Weir, has shown his support for a campaign calling for an improvement in gender balance in Westminister.

Mr Weir joined many of his SNP colleagues at an event last week for the 50:50 Parliament campaign,

The MPs were joined by Philippa Bilton, a descendant of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson, to sign the 50:50 Parliament Petition calling for equal representation in UK politics.

Commenting on the event, Mr Weir said: “I was delighted to be joined by so many SNP colleagues today and show our support for this fantastic campaign.

“Parliament is supposed to be representative of the people, but it’s far from it. Women make up 51 per cent of the population, but account for less than one third of MPs.

“It is very important that women are encouraged to stand for Parliament.”

Frances Scott, Director of 50:50 Parliament added: “The 50:50 Parliament campaign is delighted to have so many SNP MPs wear our T-shirt and join the fight for better gender balance in Parliament.

“It is great that the SNP have brought another 20 women MPs to Westminster.

“There have only ever been 450 women MPs, so there are more men in the House of Commons right now than there have ever been women.

“Nearly 100 years after women won the right to vote, 50:50 Parliament is calling for action so that women can lead, govern and legislate side by side, equally, with men.”