Roundtable: Getting Selected

A roundtable discussion to consider how the process of being selected as Parliamentary candidate has changed since Margaret Wintringham was elected in the 1920s.


In 1918, following the passing of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act women were allowed to stand for Parliament for the first time. In 1921 the Lincolnshire constituency of Louth elected Margaret Wintringham as their MP, and she was the second women ever in the House of Commons.

'Getting Selected' will be a lively roundtable discussion chaired by Professor Krista Cowman from the University of Lincoln, and will consider how the process of being selected as Parliamentary candidate has changed since Margaret Wintringham was elected in the 1920s. Participants include Lesley Abdela, co-founder of The 300 Group, an all-party campaign for women in parliament, politics and public life; Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck, University of London; playwright Hannah Davies; local MP and former city councillor Karen Lee; Dolly Theis from the 50:50 Parliament and #AskHerToStand campaign; and Nicola Waterworth from The Parliament Project which empowers women to run for political office.

MP for Lincoln Karen Lee said “Next year marks 100 years of the Acts of Parliament which gave women the vote and allowed them to stand as MPs. I am delighted to take part in this event, which will celebrate these key milestones and examine their impact on our democracy past and present.”

The event forms part of a wider project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, titled What Difference did the War make? Women, Suffrage, Politics and the First World War. The project involves academics from the University of Lincoln, the University of Plymouth and Parliament’s Vote 100 project, and builds on previous research exploring the links between the ongoing wartime suffrage campaign and women’s votes.

  • Fri 17 November 2017
  • 16:00 – 18:00
  • Jackson Lecture Theatre 

If you have any queries regarding this event please call 01522 886958 or email paxtonn@parliament.uk

Image Credit: Women Members of Parliament with Mabel Howard, New Zealand's first female Cabinet Minister, 28 July 1959. Parliamentary Archives, PUD/8/31.

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