A&D by-election falls on 100 days since women get the opportunity to vote

It was somewhat fitting that Alyn and Deeside was able to mark 100 days since some women were given the opportunity to vote with an election of our own.

First of all, a big congratulations to Jack Sargeant who won with an outstanding majority. Obtaining 61% of the vote, followed in second by the Conservatives who obtained 25%. The result was a real credit to the hard work that the Labour team put in on the ground and also shows a clear rejection in Alyn and Deeside to Tory austerity measures.

I am now sure Jack will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a strong voice for Alyn and Deeside in Cardiff.

The turnout was not the best but considering the time of year, the weather, and the circumstances, it could have been a lot worse. So a big thank you and well done to those who braved the conditions and used your right to vote.

We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the right to vote. The actions of Emily W Davison and the Suffragette movement all those years ago will stay with us forever.

100 years ago on Tuesday women were able to vote for the first time in what was a magnificent milestone in women’s equality. There was still a lot missing from the 1918 Representation of the People Act, but this was a real breakthrough in the push for women’s rights.

A century of the act gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought for equality.

I am therefore supporting a year-long programme of events organised by the UK Parliament to mark the 100 years, called Vote 100, and will be encouraging others to get involved also.

The Vote 100 programme includes a wide range of events and activities commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.

We have come a long way since the 1918 Representation of the People Act, but there is of course more to be done as we push further for women’s equality.