The party will focus on equal pay, childcare and ending violence against women
The UK’s newest political party, the Women’s Equality Party (WE), launched its London manifesto last night. With candidates running in both the mayoral and assembly elections, WE is focusing on seven key policy areas:
- Equal pay for women in London
- Affordable childcare and a pan-London approach to care for elderly and disabled people
- Ending violence against women and girls in London
- A cross-party committee on the housing crisis
- A more inclusive, safe and accessible transport sytem
- An imaginative approach to new business
- Gender-informed approaches to all issues affecting Londoners
Mayoral candidate Sophie Walker commented:
“Today, WE set out plans for making London the first city in the world where men and women are equal. Where there is no gender pay gap, where childcare and housing is affordable, where women and children are safe, and where transport works for all. Londoners have four votes on 5 May, and I want them to give half their votes to equality. I think that’s fair.”
“London has the biggest pay gap, the most expensive childcare and the highest rates of sexual violence in the UK. Each of the mayoral candidates will say they care about this, and we’ve heard some encouraging words from them. But these are just words. WE are the only party who will put women’s equality at the very top of the political agenda in London.”
While WE’s odds are very long — Ladbrokes has Walker at 500/1 — it claims to have already forced other candidates to pay greater attention to women’s issues in London.
Labour’s Sadiq Khan has declared that he is ‘proud to be putting the fight for gender equality at the very heart of my manifesto for all Londoners’, while Conservative Zac Goldsmith says that tackling gender-based violence will be a ‘defining issue of my mayoralty.’Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.