Islington MP Emily Thornberry calls for statue of suffragette in Parliament
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Emily Thornberry made the case for a statue of suffragette Emily Davison to be erected in Parliament last week as she attacked the disparity in wages between men and women.
Speaking at a debate to mark International Women’s Day, in which the need for a greater “presence” of homages to female contributions in parliament was needed, the Islington South MP said: “A statue to Emily Wilding Davison would be top of my list. Not a Parliamentarian but certainly someone who made a huge impact in this place.
“Not least through breaking into the House on a number of occasions, locking herself in, making a complete menace of herself but in fact forwarding the place of women hugely.
“It seems to me the very fact she wasn’t a Parliamentarian should not continue to exclude her from being recognised in this place.”
The former Shadow Attorney General also called for a new equal pay act enshrining society’s collective responsibility in ensuring men and women are paid the same amount for the same job.
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She said current legislation was not “fit for the 21st century”.
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