A group of mums from Newstead spoke candidly to Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero about their everyday lives as she brought her ‘What Women Want’ tour to a close.
Gloria, the shadow women and equalities minister, was joined by Léonie Mathers, Labour’s Sherwood Parliamentary candidate, at the listening event at the Newstead Centre on Tilford Road on Friday.
Held to mark International Women’s Day, the event gave the women the chance to be as honest, open, brutal and frank as they wanted.
“The views expressed by the women on everything from the threat of closure of their nursery to affordable childcare, unemployment and the cost of living will be fed to the top level of politics with the results presented to Ed Miliband,” said Gloria.
“Many of the women who use the nursery are my constituents and so Léonie and I have now written to the trustees of the nursery to make clear just how important this nursery is to the community, and to Nottinghamshire County Council to ask what their assessment is of the statutory duty to provide childcare, given there are no spare spaces in the area.”
In her shadow cabinet role Gloria has met with a many different groups of women to find out about some of the issues that matter most to them and whether politics connects with them and their lives.