The Women’s Equality Party have announced that four more candidates who will contest seats in London, Manchester and Cardiff.
For London, Harina Iyengar will stand in Vauxhall. Iyengar is a leading barrister in Employment, Equality and Education. She has been described by the Times as “a leading campaigner for diversity in the legal profession.”
Nimco Ali, a British Somali feminist and social activist, will stand in Wood Green and Hornsey. Sally Carr MBE will stand in the constituency of Manchester Withington. She was awarded her MBE for services to young people, in particular LGBT youth.
Finally, Sharon Lovell, director for Nyas, a leading UK charity, will contest the Wales seat of Cardiff South and Penarth.
Party Leader Sophie Walker said: “These brilliant women represent the diverse, creative voices of the Women’s Equality Party and I am delighted to announce their candidacy,”
“This election they will speed change, by campaigning for equality, justice and tolerance across the UK as part of the national conversation about the general election.”
She continued to explain that the candidates would be fighting for their seats in each constituency, but would also be putting pressure on their rivals to take on their policies.
“The new parties understand that the electorate are tired of combative, tribal politics. Along with the Green Party, who have endorsed my campaign in Shipley, and the Liberal Democrats who are forging strategic alliances in key seats across the UK, WE are part of a new political landscape that will deliver a shot in the arm to our country by working collaboratively and sharing ideas.”
“We know we are outsiders, but in spite of the huge disadvantages of our first-past-the-post system, and the vast expense of campaigning, the Women’s Equality Party is set to make its mark on this election.”
The Women’s Equality Party will announce further candidates next week.