Women still struggle for equality, says Eastbourne MP

MP Caroline Ansell with Emma Spearing and Julia Stone on the day of the performance
MP Caroline Ansell with Emma Spearing and Julia Stone on the day of the performance

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has written to the Arts Council praising a play about Suffragettes that was recently performed at the Under Ground Theatre.

Lady Connie and The Suffragettes charted the life of aristocrat Lady Constance Lytton and her battle to gain votes for women more than 100 years ago.

The Arts Council-funded production on March 10 by Classworks Theatre and Cambridge Devised Theatre starred Emma Spearing as Lady Connie.

“This was a thought-provoking and poignant performance about a time when women did not have the vote and it has echoes of the struggle for equality that still exists in this country and many others in 2016,” said Mrs Ansell.

“Even today women in some countries do not have the right or have very limited rights to vote, and despite our own progress in Britain, it’s worth mentioning that only 29 per cent of MPs in Parliament today are women even though we make up 51 per cent of the population.

“The Suffragettes’ struggle was an incredible part of our history and this play was a superb telling of that struggle for a modern audience.”

Mrs Ansell added that she will invite the cast members and production team to Westminster to tour Parliament.

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