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The COVID crisis laid bare the shameful inequalities at the heart of our society, with the most marginalised hit hardest by both the virus and the economic turmoil it caused.
Women make up a staggering 98% of those doing the highest risk jobs for poverty wages, domestic abuse has gone through the roof, and it is overwhelmingly women who have shouldered the additional responsibility for unpaid care and childcare during the last year. This May’s elections are a vital opportunity to send a message to those in power and to elect a Women’s Equality Party representative to the London Assembly to shape how we build back from this crisis.
The London elections on the 6th May 2021 are special, the electoral system is fairer meaning that every vote counts and smaller parties always win seats. You can also vote for multiple parties as there is more than one ballot paper so you can share your vote to ensure that you have the most impact on final results.
The orange ballot paper decides which candidates will join the London Assembly to make real change happen. Last year, as a party that was just months old, we achieved 3.5% of the overall vote - and need just 5% to get a seat. This year, WE can win.
What are the Women's Equality Party's main policies?
Invest in Care
Care workers are overwhelmingly female, disproportionately marginalised, undervalued and underpaid. A vote for WEP would guarantee a London living wage for all care workers in the city, investment in a care-led recovery by supporting people to retrain as health and care workers, a historic rebalance of public spending with pound-for-pound investment in physical and social infrastructure, and we would prioritise the reopening of respite care and other support to unpaid carers.
End Violence against women and girls
COVID has led to a shocking increase in domestic abuse, but we must not pretend that our city’s violence crisis started there. Just 3% of rape cases now result in a conviction and the Met have spent much of the past four years forcing survivors to endure digital strip searches, whilst charging perpetrators at 1/7th of the rate they were when Sadiq Khan first came to office. A vote for WEP would make London a sanctuary city for migrant survivors of abuse who the government excludes from public funds, commit to never turning a woman away from a refuge, do a complete review of Met handling of rape cases - charge rates are 1/7th of what they were five years ago, and refocus funding on the prevention of crime - violence is not inevitable, we need to invest in.
A Wellbeing Economy
There is a crisis of imagination in UK politics. In the face of a global pandemic, the second ‘once in a generation’ economic crisis of the decade, spiraling inequality and irreversible damage to our climate we cannot simply return to business as usual. London can and must learn from the COVID crisis and build a wellbeing economy that serves our whole community. A vote for WEP would push for an economy focused on people rather than profit. Consumption and continual growth serves the most powerful, and it's time to make an economic model that works for everyone.
Ensure we Build Back Equal from the COVID crisis by pledging to vote for the Women Equality Party on the 🍊orange🍊 ballot this May.
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What is the GLA?
The Greater London Assembly (GLA) is the only London-wide representative body which is democratically elected every four years exclusively by London residents. It is made up of 14 representatives from ‘super constituencies’ each made up of two or three existing London boroughs; 11 party representatives and the London Mayor.
It’s main function is to provide strategic input and direction in a number of key areas that impact on the quality of life and opportunities for Londoners beyond those that are within the control of the 20 London boroughs whilst assisting the Mayor’s decisions and activities.
What does Share Your Vote mean?
Given the different voting system used by the GLA election in comparison to the general elections, you have multiple votes. Sharing your vote on the orange ballot paper with the Women's Equality Party means we can win in this election.
In 2016 we achieved 3.5% of the total London vote for the WEP party list with a short, limited and under-resourced campaign - so it is totally within our sights. All we have to do is increase that to 5% of the overall vote and we will be guaranteed a seat since this is the threshold level for being represented on the assembly.
As a full time working member of the GLA – with a salary of £56,000 - our representative on the GLA would be able to hold the Mayor to account on behalf of all women in London by scrutinising all plans and policies developed from this perspective and speaking up in debates. This would be a powerful first step in making London a more gender equal city and making sure that the needs of the most vulnerable groups are not overlooked. They would also be able to work with other members and the Mayor on specific strategic initiatives to improve opportunities, address inequalities and drive innovative initiatives to create awareness and action in the area of gender inequality.
What is the GLA voting system?
You are given three ballot papers:
Orange - London-Wide Assembly Member. One vote.
Yellow - Consistency London Member. One vote.
Pink - Mayor. Two votes - first choice in column A, and second choice in column B.
How are the votes counted?
Please click here to learn more about how each of the three elections above are counted.
The London-Wide Assembly Member vote is counted using proportional representation giving The Women's Equality Party a good opportunity to elect a candidate into the GLA.
When is the GLA election?
Thursday 6 May 2021
How can you get involved?
Over the course of the next few months, we are looking for volunteers to help with events, canvassing, fundraising, street stalls and much more. Any donations will also be used to fund each of these aspects furthering our campaign for equality in London. Take a look at the below to sign up, donate or join the party now!
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WE can win in London 2021.
We don’t have to imagine if London was the first gender equal city. We can make it happen.
The GLA Election is our opportunity to push gender equality to the top of the political agenda. WE have a collection of incredible candidates representing the Women's Equality Party and our campaign needs your support.
Your donation will help build an election fighting fund for the GLA Election in 2021. Your money will go towards supporting candidates with leaflets, advertising, staff-time and childcare enabling our campaign to change the political landscape and show that equality can be a reality. For London. For everyone.
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We are proud to present...
Our GLA candidates for the London Assembly elections 2021
Our list candidates have been selected by London members in an electronic ballot. Our Mayoral Candidate, Mandu Reid, was selected on her past experience as the Women's Equality Party leader.
To learn more about the role of the GLA, please click here.
For information regarding each of our fantastic candidates inspiring and diverse backgrounds, and to find their donation pages, please click through to their profiles below.