North West Leicestershire Labour Party will be holding a women’s day of action on Tuesday 16th September.
At July’s District Council meeting Tory Councillor Stevenson made disrespectful comments about women during a debate on garage sizes. He said: “Women often choose a house and men often pay for it!” (North West Leicestershire District Council meeting, 1st July 2014, draft Council minutes). Labour will be calling on Council Leader Richard Blunt to apologise on behalf of the Tory Group at Tuesday’s Council meeting.
While in Government the Tories & Lib Dems have also hit women hardest. Of the £14bn extra George Osborne is raising in direct tax, credit, benefit, pay and pension changes 79% is paid by women. Women’s underemployment is up 74% since 2010, while underemployment for all is up 11% in the East Midlands since 2010.
North West Leicestershire Labour believes this kind of attitude towards women is unacceptable in 2014 and believes the Government’s record is shameful.
That’s why Labour will be hitting the streets of Coalville and Ashby on Tuesday to highlight the issue. They will be in Coalville precinct from 930-11 and outside Boots in Ashby from 11-1230. Then many will be going along to the Council meeting to hear his apology.
Heather Worman, Labour County Councillor and Chair of North West Leicestershire Labour Party said:
“In 2014 this attitude towards women is unacceptable. We were shocked to hear what Councillor Stevenson said. The legacy in Government of the Tories and Lib Dems is also shameful. Only Labour will stand up for women locally and in Government.”
Sue McKendrick, North West Leicestershire Labour women’s officer, said:
“Our members were angry to hear what Tory Councillors had said at a Council meeting. They wanted to raise this issue and talk about the Tories & Lib Dems’ record in Government. That’s why we’ll be hitting the streets talking to local people.”