Our society should treat everyone fairly, no matter what their gender, age, race, sexual orientational, religious beliefs or social background, and nobody should be denied opportunities which have been available to other generations.
In 2018, we celebrated the centenary year of women’s suffrage and in 2019 we celebrated the centenary year of the first woman to take her seat in Parliament. I am proud of the progress that has been made so far, with the recent election seeing more women than ever elected to Parliament. There are now a record 220 female MPs, making up a proportion of 34 per cent. I’m also proud to be a member of the Conservative Party, which has had the first two female Prime Ministers lead our country. I strongly believe that the more women there are in politics, the better equipped we are to tackle the challenges of our time.
Over the last 10 years, the Government has introduced the Disability Discrimination Act, legalised same-sex marriage, and have led the way legislating on crimes which particularly target the most vulnerable in our society like modern slavery and domestic violence.
In 2019, it was announced that the Office for Tackling Injustices (OfTI), a new independent body, will be tasked with holding all of Government to account for progress in tackling social injustices. The OfTI will present future Governments with more effective, data-driven, evidence-based challenge to help drive forward reforms to tackle wide-ranging disparities in society.
While, I accept that politicians haven’t always got this 100% right, and no party ever has, we will continue moving forward and working towards to fairer Britain for all.