MP at launch of Women for Britain

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke at the launch of Women for Britain at a packed event in Westminster.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 13:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 13:33 pm
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan (back left) at the launch of the Women for Britain event in London.

The cross-party group aims to strive for inclusivity and positive thinking in the referendum debate.

The group seeks to represent as many women as possible and help them realise that Britain is capable of far more than we are currently allowed to achieve.

Many people see women as an easy target to frighten about the supposed risks of voting to leave the EU. We believe that to remain is the truly risky – and gloomy – option.

Anne-Marie said: “The referendum campaign has been dominated by men’s voices. Women are more likely to be undecided and are keen to hear the facts from both sides without the negative rhetoric. It is so important that womens’ voices are heard – they will decide the result of this referendum.

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“Today is International Womens’ Day, and as we celebrate the incredible women in our history who have fought for a better deal and improved rights for women, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, we remember how it was women who demanded the vote so they could take control of their own futures. This referendum is no different. We need to take control of our country so we can shape its future.”

The launch was attended by Ministers, such as Employment Minister Priti Patel, the keynote speaker, MPs, and business women, including Emma Pullen, CEO of The British Hovercraft Company.

She said: “Why do we need to be a member of the European Union to trade with European countries? There are numerous countries and markets outside the EU that desperately want to trade with the UK, but are largely prevented from doing so as a consequence of our EU membership. Let’s grab this opportunity with both hands, take control of our economy, make a trade deal with the EU and gain access to the worldwide market. We have the fifth biggest economy in the world and we’re the world’s 11th largest manufacturer – the opportunities are endless!”