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Caroline Flint at the University of Oslo
A WOMAN'S PLACE IN "THE HOUSE"
“Politics can never go back to how it was. But, we’re not there yet. There’s still a way to go to feminise our public policy and our body politic. We need more women at the grassroots, in local government, parliament and in political party leadership.”
On 18 September, the British Politics Society co-hosted a seminar to mark the centenary of “Votes for Women”, the introduction of a female franchise in the UK through the Representation of the People Act of 1918
The keynote speaker was Caroline Flint, MP, a Labour Party politician who has represented the constituency of Don Valley since 1997. During Labour’s last tenure in government, Flint served as the Minister for Public Health (2005-07), the Minister for Employment (2007-08), the Minister for Housing and Planning (2008), and the Minister for Europe (2008-09).
Flint speech at the University of Oslo can be read in full here.
New issue of British Politics Review!
The Palace of Westminster - which hosts the British Parliament - counts among the foremost symbols of liberal democracy as well as of Britain itself.
This issue of British Politics Review takes the call for renovating the Palace of Westminster as its point of departure. We have invited a set of scholars to reflect upon different aspects of parliamentary practice today. Many of the contributions have been framed to convey the importance of the building itself or its traditions, and how they change.
Westminster also the venue of a current political drama of historical proportions. The process of Brexit, initiated by referendum and long guided by government decree, has returned to the elected MPs where it
arguably belongs. There will be no Brexit, hard or soft, before the parliamentarians have spoken – debated, negotiated and voted – on the issue.
Contributors include Charlotte Higgins, Philip Norton, Stephen Tienney, Elizabeth Biggs, Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson and Saskia Rombach.
You can download & read the entire issue here.
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