‘Women Campaigning for Women in Merthyr’

April 10, 2010 10:55 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrat women, the leader, activists and candidates, are today out and about in Merthyr Tydfil campaigning hard to help local candidate, Amy Kitcher, become the first female Member of Parliament for the constituency.

Amy Kitcher, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Parliamentary candidate will be joined on the campaign by the leader of the party, Kirsty Williams, the Federal President of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness Ros Scott, Chief Executive of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Joanne Foster and numerous activists and candidates who have been inspired by Kirsty's leadership of the party.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will today set out their priorities for women in the general election, these include proposals to:

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

I am very proud that we as a party are able to encourage and foster a culture where women can feel confident to stand for election. Amy Kitcher is a hard working councillor and she has a track record of delivering for her community.

The people of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney are fed up of this Labour government taking them from granted. They need change and the only way they'll get that is if they vote for a person and a party that will work hard and deliver that change. Amy Kitcher and the Welsh Liberal Democrats will work hard to put fairness back in Wales.

Amy Kitcher, Welsh Lib Dem Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Parliamentary Candidate said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to build a society where women are paid fairly, are able to share the responsibilities of family life if they choose to and are no longer bombarded by images of "the perfect woman".

"We are very proud of our record of attracting strong and confident women to represent us on town and county councils across Wales, in the National Assembly and in Westminster. However, we need to send even more women back to Parliament.

Although we are not a minority, women continue to receive a raw deal, whether it's by being paid less than male colleagues at work or suffering poverty when they retire because of career breaks to raise children or care for relatives.

At the core of Welsh Liberal Democrat philosophy is a belief in equality of opportunity. Fighting discrimination in all its forms underpins our policies. Helping people to help themselves is what the Welsh Liberal Democrat approach is all about.

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