Jamie Greene MSP encourages women in West Scotland to stand for public office.

Jamie has said he wants more women across West Scotland to get involved in politics and stand for public office in reference to the 100-year anniversary when Parliament gave women the right to vote.  

The West Scotland MSP pointed towards the great contribution women make to local politics and in particular highlighted the work of North Ayrshire councillors Angela Stephen (Irvine East) and Margaret George (Irvine South) who he said are great examples of the important role women serve for the local community.

Jamie said that whilst we should celebrate this milestone it is important not to simply be content with the successes of the past and that it was time to plan for the future.

He noted the huge impact women have already had in Scottish politics, highlighting the roles Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale played as leaders of their respective parties.

Jamie Greene MSP commented:

“A record number of women were elected to Parliament at the 2017 General Election – but there is still a lot more work to do.

“We have some great representatives in North Ayrshire and I want to see us build on that success and encourage more women to stand for elected office.

“I want to see more women in politics, and more women representing the Scottish Conservatives at all levels. 

“That is why I will be celebrating this milestone and using it as an opportunity to encourage more women to stand for public office. We have set a good example in Scotland, it was only months ago that the leaders of Scotland’s main parties were all women, that was unheard of in British politics until 2015.

“Women such as Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale show the huge impact that women have had on Scotland’s politics, an impact that will be felt for generations to come.

“But as we celebrate the success of the past it is right that we now look to the future. We don’t have enough women in politics and its time that changed!