PM marks centenary of women’s suffrage

The Prime Minister Theresa May today (6th February 2018) marked the centenary of women’s suffrage with a speech that celebrated the heroism of the suffrage movement which transformed British democracy, and “the enormous strides we have taken as a society” over the past hundred years. She warned that ‘intimidation and aggression’ on social media is coarsening public debate,… Read More »

Mayor marks centenary of women’s suffrage

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today (6th February 2018) revealed that artist Gillian Wearing’s Millicent Fawcett statue is set to feature names and portraits of women and men who were central to the suffrage movement. He was speaking at a specially-commissioned exhibition, featuring life-sized images of women and men on the plinth of the statue, in Trafalgar… Read More »

Votes for Women Centenary

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Throughout the year, many organisations are celebrating this important milestone in the UK’s democratic history. On February 6th 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People… Read More »

New Board appointments for Ofcom

The Scottish Ministers today (1st February 2018) appointed Bob Downes as the first Ofcom Board Member for Scotland. This follows the appointment of Tim Suter as a new Ofcom Board Member on 29th September 2017. Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. As Ofcom is a UK-wide public body, the appointment is… Read More »

New members announced for Ofsted board

The Department for Education yesterday (31st January 2018) announced two new appointments and a re-appointment to the Ofsted board. Dame Kathryn August and Pamela Scriven QC have been appointed to serve on the Ofsted Board for 3 years. John Hughes has been re-appointed to serve for an additional 3 years. The appointments were conducted and agreed in accordance… Read More »

Pay and Equality at the BBC

Today the BBC has published a review of on-air pay carried out by PwC, and set out a five-point plan to help create a fairer and more equal BBC. The review, which covers correspondents, presenters and on-air editors in news and news-related areas, found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making, but identified a number of issues… Read More »

OBV launches its 2018 MP shadowing scheme

Operation Black Vote (OBV)  launched its 2018 political shadowing scheme for talented BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) politicians on Thursday 18th January at The Speaker’s House, House of Commons, London. Speakers at the launch event included Simon Woolley, Director of OBV; The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, Helen Grant MP and Lib… Read More »

Diversity Action Plan for Public Appointments

The Minister for the Constitution Chris Skidmore has today (18th December 2017) launched a Diversity Action Plan for Public Appointments that includes a commitment that by 2022, half of all public appointees should be female and 14% should be from ethnic minorities, bringing representation on public boards in line with the wider population. The 10-point Diversity Action Plan… Read More »