As Returning Officers to the Women's Equality Party, we hereby declare Mandu Reid to be the next Leader of the Women's Equality Party.
Celine Thomas and Harini Iyengar requested to withdraw their nomination as joint candidates for Party Leader, and the Steering Committee has agreed. This was felt to be the most compassionate and practical response to a difficult situation. This means there will be no leadership ballot, although members will still be given the opportunity to vote for Policy Committee candidates in January 2020.
As the sole remaining candidate, Mandu Reid is automatically declared Party Leader. On behalf of the Steering Committee, we would like to congratulate Mandu and wish her every success for the duration of her role.
We would also like to thank all the candidates for running skilled, positive campaigns. The calibre and integrity of all three our candidates has been very high - it's been an honour and a pleasure to work with them and their teams.
Alison Smith and Francesca Pridding
Women's Equality Returning Officers