Gavin Newlands welcomed Renfrew activist Caroline McDonald to Westminster for a packed day of activities dedicated to getting more women involved in politics.
The 50:50 Parliament Campaign aims to tackle the systemic gender inequality in represenatative politics with men still vastly outnumbering women in political chambers across the UK.
Following the day, Gavin, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said: “Yesterday it was great to welcome Caroline McDonald from Renfrew down to Westminster to take part in a full day of activity with the 50:50 Parliament Campaign. We celebrated 100 years of women being able to stand for election, but unfortunately we still haven’t reached anything near equal representation. That’s why today I took part in #AskHerToStand Day & invited Caroline to Westminster.
“We need more women to stand for public office. At all levels in politics from the grass roots to Westminster we have two men for every one woman and that means that our debates, laws and institutions are missing the voices, experiences and talent of women who would make excellent representatives.
“I really hope the campaign inspires great women such as Caroline to stand for election to give us all better and more representative decision making.”