Maria Eagle MP welcomes constituents to parliament in drive to engage more young women in politics
Maria Eagle MP was yesterday shadowed by two young activists from her Garston and Halewood constituency as part of her commitment to supporting young women in politics. She was joined by Selina Wall-Aldis from Speke and Lydia Shurie from Halewood, both 18, who spent the day in parliament where they attended events with Maria, watched Prime Minister’s Questions from the public gallery and went on a tour of Big Ben.
Maria Eagle MP said: “Women aged 18-24 are the group least likely to vote and we must do more to open up politics to that particular demographic. Lydia and Selina are two bright young women from my constituency who demonstrated an interest in politics during the General Election and I wanted them to be able to experience how parliament works and see what I do to represent them as their MP. I was very pleased that they were able to attend Prime Minister’s Questions and accompany me to events as well as tour the Houses of Parliament, which will have given them a real flavour of parliamentary life.”
Lydia Shurie from Halewood, is studying A Level Politics and is considering it is a career option. She said: “I really welcomed the opportunity to spend time with Maria and to better understand how parliament works. Prime Minister’s Question time was a particular highlight of the day. As a politics student and a local activist, I think it’s important that more young women like me are encouraged to go to into politics.”
Selina Wall-Aldis, a constituent from Speke, said: “I voted for Maria at the General Election and I find it really inspiring that my local MP is also the first ever female Shadow Defence Secretary. Shadowing her for the day gave me an insight into her role in parliament, both representing constituents like me and working on her defence brief.”