Students across The Trafford College group have been embracing democracy during national UK Parliament Week, an annual programme of events created to connect people with UK Parliament.
UK Parliament Week, which took place between 12-16 November, is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them, and empowers them to get involved. This year’s Parliament Week marked the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women and all men the right to vote in local and national elections.
A number of activities took place across TCG campuses, organised by Michelle McLaughlin, UK Parliamentary Ambassador for the group. Some of the highlights included a voter registration drive and talks from influential keynote speakers including Cllr Tom Ross (Lord Mayor of Trafford), Kate Green MP (Member of Parliament for Stretford), and Angela Raynor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education).
Students from across The Trafford College Group wanted to use this year to remember the key figures from the suffragette and suffragist movements, including Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett, who had made such an impact on their lives today. During the keynote speeches, students stormed the stage in a re-enactment of the protests for the right to vote.
Performing Arts students in Stockport performed an extract from the Freedom or Death speech of Emmeline Pankhurst.
Angela Raynor MP, who joined students at the Stockport campus later tweeted:
“Great to be speaking in my home town of Stockport today at my former college as part of the Parliament Week celebration. The focus was on the centenary celebration of women getting the right to vote. Wonderful to catch up with some old friends and chat to students afterwards.”
Kate Green MP added before her talk, “I’m really looking forward to visiting Trafford College to talk to learners about the importance of voting, democracy, my role as an MP and the 100th Anniversary of some women getting the vote.”