Members of the Lords debated the role of women in public life and the progress made in increasing their representation in Parliament 100 years after the Representation of the People Act 1918 in the House of Lords on Monday 5 February. Members taking part included the former chair of the Liberal Democrat party and the principal of Mansfield College, Oxford.
This was a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative), government spokesperson.
Members taking part included:
- Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat), party chair, Liberal Democrats
- Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Conservative), co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security and former member, Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee
- Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws (Labour), principal, Mansfield College, Oxford; chair, Justice human rights organisation; co-chair, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute
- Lord Loomba (Crossbench), former member of development board, Oxfam
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), minister of state in the Home Office, responded on behalf of the government.
Image: House of Lords 2018 / Photography by Roger Harris