Wera Hobhouse MP is calling on Bath’s young women to enter a speech-writing competition, to commemorate the centenary of women’s right to vote, and the ability of women to stand for Parliament.
The winner will accompany Wera Hobhouse, Bath’s first female MP, for a day of work shadowing in Parliament on the 21st of November.
On the 21st of November 1918, The Parliament Act of 1918 was passed. This historic piece of legislation gave women the right to stand as MPs.
The day will be a busy one; the winner will sit in on a Brexit Select Committee meeting, as well as tour of the Houses of Parliament. They will also have access to any other parliamentary business that arises; no day in politics is ever the same. Wera will accompany them to an event in the evening in Parliament to celebrate this significant milestone in women’s suffrage.
The winning speech will also be published in The Bath Chronicle.
Young women between the ages of 16 and 18 are eligible to enter. Please write a short speech of 500 words using the title:
‘Why We Need More Women in Politics’.
The deadline for entries is Sunday the 5th November at midnight. Please send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “Votes for Women” or by post to Wera Hobhouse, 26 Charles Street, Bath, BA1 1HU.
The speeches will be judged by a panel of experts; Dine Romero (Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader), Olivia Leydenfrost (Communications Expert and Senior Advisor), Matt McCabe (Speech Writer and Senior Advisor), and Wera Hobhouse MP.
The best political speeches both inform and inspire, and serve as a call to action. Your speech should aim to inspire the next generation of female political leaders!