The Women’s Equality Party have announced their interim leader and London Mayoral candidate on International Women’s Day.
Care spokesperson and period poverty campaigner, Mandu Reid, is named interim Party Leader, steering the Party with Sue Black, WE 2020 London Mayoral candidate.
The party will now focus on encouraging more diverse candidates as it gears up for spring local elections with campaigns targeting investment in care and ending violence against women.
Professor Sue Black, renowned computer scientist, government adviser and social entrepreneur, is the Party’s London mayoral candidate for 2020.
Speaking about the announcement, Black said, “I left an abusive relationship 30 years ago as a single mother of three children.”
“I know the value of women’s services, childcare, education and communities because without them I wouldn’t have been able to rebuild mine and my children’s lives in the way I have.”
“I now have an incredible career because of the opportunities I had, and I see the limitations politics is currently placing on women like me by taking away those opportunities.”
“I want to change that.”
Speaking of her appointment as interim leader, Mandu Reid, national spokesperson on equal parenting and caregiving, former candidate in the Lewisham East by-election, and the CEO of period poverty charity, The Cup Effect, said, “It’s extraordinary to me how far the Women’s Equality Party has come in four short years!”
“We’ve provided political sanctuary for tens of thousands of people who are utterly fed up with the derelict state of politics in Britain.”
“It’s an immense privilege to be appointed interim leader, and I can’t wait to work with Sue Black and our incredible family of members and supporters to grow our movement and continue the fight for equality.”