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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Helen Pankhurst, Wendy Morton MP, Parveen Hassan 
I was delighted to stand alongside Conservative female MPs, peers and volunteers  to commemorate the birthday of Emmeline Pankhurst and to mark this centenary of women's (limited) suffrage. 

The event took place where Emmeline Pankhurst's statue stands in Victoria Tower Gardens next to Parliament.

When Emmeline Pankhurst died in 1928 the Pankhurst family gave a legacy to the Conservative Women's Organisation (CWO) to lay a wreath in her honour in each year celebrating her life on her birthday, 15th of July. 

Conservative Women's Organisation members met on Wednesday 18th July, to mark the occasion with Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter, and political activist Helen Pankhurst.

CWO Tradition- Wreath laying for Emmeline Pankhurst  

CWO national chairman Jules Iles, organised the wreath laying tradition. Conservative peer Baroness Anne Jenkin, a leading women’s advocate for the Conservative Party, and co Chair of Women2Win, leading the Conservative campaign to elect more women into Parliament, Wendy Morton MP, Caroline Spelman MP, Baroness Fiona Hodgson, Mim Davies MP, Rebecca Pow MP, Jo Churchill MP, Vicky Ford MP, Rebecca Harris MP, Caroline Dinenage MP were all in attendance. Over 30 women gathered. 
CWO Annual Wreath for Emmeline Pankhurst joined by Helen Pankhurst 


Whilst we mark the special occasion, the campaign to raise awareness for women to stand in public life and a more gender balance in Parliament continues. We are always looking for new women and ask her to stand. 

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