Girl Summit 2014

Radio 2 Interview – Conservative Leadership Election and Feminism

A few days ago I was invited to appear on Radio 2 as part of a debate about whether an all-woman race for the Conservative leadership is a feminist victory. Just as we were about to go live, Andrea Leadsom went and stole my thunder by pulling out of the race. As a result, I ended up only doing a short interview bit about my thoughts instead of a proper debate, but you can listen below if you’re interested. … Read More

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Don’t confuse the Conservatives’ embrace of female leaders with feminism (The Guardian)

You wait 26 years for another female Tory leader and then two candidates come along at once. Between Margaret Thatcher’s resignation in 1990 andDavid Cameron coming to power in 2005, the Conservatives had seen six leadership elections featuring 14 candidates, with not a single woman to be found on the ballot. Yet here we are in 2016, with Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom fighting it out not just for party leadership but for the keys to No 10 too. … Read More

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Brexit: what happens now? (Red Magazine)

It’s been a long six weeks of campaigning but this morning the UK awoke to the outcome of one of the biggest democratic decisions many of us have ever taken. With a majority of 52%, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. So while it might be the end of the campaign, it’s only the start of some big changes for the country and our lives in it. Here’s what will likely happen next. … Read More

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Millions of British citizens are being denied the right to vote (Huck Magazine)

This Thursday will see Britain head to the polls to vote on the country’s continued membership of the European Union, in a vote touted by British politicians on both sides as ‘the biggest decision of a lifetime’.

The outcome is likely to impact everything from grocery shopping to rights at work, freedom of movement and, according to David Cameron, an impending World War Three. For once the electorate seems to agree on the urgency of this referendum – we’ve seen a surge in voter registration which led to an unprecedented deadline extension. It’s just one indicator of how the debate has motivated and mobilised a population.

Yet away from voter registration drives and attempts to get out the vote are an often neglected section of the population who won’t be able to have their say on Thursday. Around 2 million adults of voting age are consistently absent from the UK’s electoral register. Who are they? And how do they feel about missing out on ‘the vote of a lifetime’? … Read More