Since 1997, the Labour Party has seen a significant increase in women’s representation in Parliament.
When Barbara was elected in 2005, she was one of a group of 26 women MPs elected in a group of 40 newly elected Labour MPs. This was the first time that a newly elected group of MPs had more women than men.
Barbara believes that it is important for Labour to continue the trend to improving the representation of women in Parliament and in leadership positions in Government. As ballot papers are sent to Labour Party members and trade unionists in Worsley and across the country, Barbara has reiterated her support for the two women candidates for deputy leader.
"I am pleased to support Hazel Blears for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. I am backing Hazel because I believe we need the strong campaigning and communication skills that Hazel will bring to the role. She works immensely hard, both locally in Salford, nationally in Government and with the Labour Party. As a woman Deputy Leader, Hazel would get Labour’s message across to the public and we need her positive and enthusiastic approach”
"My second preference vote will be going to Harriet Harman. Harriet has campaigned tirelessly for women and on family issues such as childcare, maternity leave and rights and against domestic violence. Harriet is one of the group of women MPs who fought for many of the improvements which Labour have brought forward for women and families in recent years.”
“I believe that the Labour Party needs a woman Deputy Leader. Now is the time for Labour to change the look and feel of government and having a woman Deputy Leader to work with Gordon Brown is a vital part of that. I urge other party members to give their support to Hazel and Harriet”