I grew up on a council estate in Netherton in the 1980s, when the options for a young working class girl were slim. I had limited access to formal education and left school with no qualifications, but driven to defeat the barriers I was up against. I started work at 16, taking on jobs at a local market and then in cleaning and clerical work.
I was fortunate to be taken on for NVQ training, and stayed on to train others as an assessor and recruiter. I discovered I loved working with people and realised a talent for supporting and developing others.
I went on to work in Liverpool with young people who had been failed by our education system. Their stories taught me just how critical access to skills and training is to helping young people unlock their potential.
My experiences and the barriers I faced as a young woman have made me passionate about creating equal opportunities for young people across Merseyside.
Today, I play a key role at a global manufacturer, leading on our commercial and operational work. 15 years in a male-dominated industry has taught me I have to work twice as hard to achieve the same recognition as male colleagues.
As Mayor, I will prioritise grants for employers offering equal apprenticeships for young women and men and ring-fence funds for training women in sectors in which they’re underrepresented to give all our young people a fighting chance of success.
I’ve always thought that politics started with someone else. I’d never dreamed of being a politician until I asked myself: if not me, who?
The Women’s Equality Party is committed to doing politics differently, and to enabling people like me to be the change they want to see.
That is why I am standing as the Women’s Equality Party candidate for Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. WE has my interests, and the interests of all women in Merseyside, at the centre of everything it does.
I’m standing for Mayor to get Merseyside talking about gender equality. This starts with the practical change we need to see to build a politics that speaks to everyone.
We are all equal at the ballot box. Let’s make every vote count on 4 May.
It's time for change. Tabitha Morton has a plan to put women’s equality at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.
It's time to put equality at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.
The devolution deal in Merseyside is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring decision-making closer to local communities. But of the six local authorities across Liverpool City Region there are no female Council Leaders, and women councillors make up less than 30% of cabinet positions across all six leadership teams.
In Liverpool City Region, our candidate is the only woman in the Mayoral race.
WE are entering the race to change the conversation. WE will give women a voice in the Northern Powerhouse. And we need your support.
You don’t have to be in Liverpool to support the campaign. Together, we can put equality at the top of the political agenda in the North West and shift the conversation across the UK.
WE are crowdfunding £60,000 for our Liverpool election campaign - will you be part of it?
£10,000 of our target will pay for a local campaign organiser based in Liverpool to help design and deliver a ground-breaking election campaign.
Letting the people of Liverpool know that there is an alternative will take some 565,000 leaflet deliveries and 200,000 further leaflets to supply our canvassing operation.
Please consider what you are able to give today, whether £25 or £2500 -- it all counts!
Thank you so much.
If you are donating more than £500, please ensure you are on the UK electoral roll.
WE can't do it without you
WE will put gender equality at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, and at the centre of Merseyside. Are you ready to play your part?
Help us to spread the word and let the people of Liverpool know that it's time for change.
Join the doorstep team this week:
Tuesday 2 May
6pm, meeting at Costa Coffee, 5 Allerton Road, Liverpool, L18 1LG.
Wednesday 3 May
6pm, meeting at Blundell Sands and Crosby station, L23 6BA.
Thursday 4 May
Can you flyer your local area? WE will bring leaflets to your home or workplace.
For media requests or to share press opportunities:
Call the dedicated press line on 0207 407 9246
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On 4 May you get 2 votes. Give your first vote to equality.
Close the gender pay gap. Add billions to the economy.
End violence against women and girls.
Women are being shortchanged by £23.7 billion.
Vote Tabitha #1 for Mayor of Liverpool City Region.
The Northwest misses out of £23.7bn each year.
Let everyone know that you voted for equality.