Women should consider running for office
THIS month marks a hundred years since women were allowed to stand for parliament. We’ve come a long way since then!
My own party – the Conservatives – has produced not one, but two female Prime Ministers.
Now, more than ever, it is essential that more women take the step and become involved in politics – at local or national level – because it is vital that we are involved in making decisions that affect day-to-day lives.
There is no denying it – it can be tough. Juggling a family, a job and time in the council chamber is sometimes a struggle, but it is a worthwhile struggle.
The sense of satisfaction at being able to help local people is second to none, as is the feeling of really belonging to the community that we serve.
On this special anniversary, I would like to encourage all women, whatever their political persuasion, to think about putting themselves forward for office.
It is a right our forebears fought for and an opportunity which we shouldn’t be afraid to grasp. Cllr Carolyn Webster Newcastle ward Bridgend County Borough Council
Theresa May, the UK’s second female Prime Minister