Maria Caulfield MP closes International Women’s Day Debate in Parliament

Lewes’ first female MP Maria Caulfield has closed the International Women’s Day Debate in Parliament on behalf of the Government.

International Women’s Day is held each year on the 8th March and a debate to recognise it was held in Parliament on Thursday 5th March. Maria Caulfield MP, and Assistant Government Whip and former Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Women, closed the House of Commons debate for the Government in what was her first appearance at the Government Despatch Box.

Maria Caulfield MP stood in for the Women and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch MP who is currently on maternity leave.

Maria Caulfield MP said “I am proud to have been part of the debate that has taken place here today and once again would like to thank every member of the House who has participated. It is evident there is more to be done both at home and abroad, but we know we are going in the right direction.”

“As we mark International Women’s Day, it is right that we celebrate our achievements, and look at how far we have come. With more women in work than ever before, including more at the very top than ever before, we can be proud of progress over the past 12 months. I wish everyone a happy International Women’s Day on 8th March.

The Lewes constituency is made up of Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Polegate and surrounding villages

The attached photos show Maria Caulfield MP in Parliament at the Government Despatch Box

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