Women’s Equality Party launches Holyrood manifesto
The full list of Women's Equality Party candidates on the regional lists in Glasgow and Lothians
The Women’s Equality Party has launched its manifesto and candidates for the Holyrood election in May.
The Women’s Equality Party (WE), formed last year by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and author and journalist Catherine Mayer, will stand candidates on the Lothians and Glasgow regional lists at the Scottish parliament election.
The party said its aims was to put gender equality higher on the policy agenda in Scotland, including in education and the media. Policies include measures to increase equality in parenting and greater legal support for the victims of violence. It will campaign for the establishment of a minister for women and equalities in government.
Retired teacher and former Women for Independence campaigner Anne Beetham tops the list in the Glasgow region, while consultant Lee Chalmers tops the list in the Lothians.
Scottish journalist and autism campaigner Sophie Walker is the party’s leader and standing to be London mayor. At the launch in Edinburgh, she said WE candidates could be agents for change in Scotland.
“From the appalling issues of violence against women, to the undervalued caregiving work done by women across Scotland, we think it’s time to stop sidelining gender equality and put it to the top of the agenda in Scotland,” she said.
WE does not have policies on other issues, and says it will work with all other parties to further gender equality.
Lee Banks Chalmers
Jennifer Elizabeth Royston
Catriona Mary Elizabeth Macdonald
Abigail Grace Herrmann
Susan Marion Mackay
Ruth Victoria Wilkinson
Calum Mark Shepherd
Speaking in Edinburgh the First Minister will argue that, with immigration essential to maintaining Scotland’s population, “the case for a different approach here is, to my mind, overwhelming”
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a new loneliness strategy
Row over EU payments reignites after Boris Johnson suggests the £350m figure used by leave campaign “grossly underestimated” how much money the UK pays to the EU
EXCLUSIVE: DCC Iain Livingstone confirms he was not informed about the SPA’s plans for Phil Gormley’s return to work