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Labour’s deja vu

Deborah Mattinson  |  9 March 2016

Labour is losing out as older women switch back to the Tories, warns Deborah Mattinson Analysis of the current demographics of voting behaviour shows that Labour’s strength with women voters, strength that kept Labour in government in 2001 and 2005, is ebbing away as older voters abandon the party. Our ageing population, and older voters’ …

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Time for OWLs to hoot

Fiona Mactaggart MP  |  9 March 2016

Older women are facing down unfairness  I was proud to be secretary of Labour’s Older Women’s Commission, chaired by Harriet Harman. Founded in 2012, we involved a diverse group of women who went around the country to listen to women aged over 50 and talk about what policies would help them to manage their complicated …

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Why we must deliver for older women

Fiona Mactaggart MP  |  20 May 2014

If we are going to build a sustainable recovery we need to ensure that we do not waste the talents of some of our most experienced workers, but the latest employment figures reveal that unemployment amongst women over 50 has increased by 45 per cent since the general election. And there is a gender effect, …

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Speaking up for older women

Alison McGovern MP  |  13 December 2012

I’ve often spoken about young people and unemployment.  But, for some time, I’ve also worried about the chances of older women in Britain.  The generation of women born just after the war have faced significant challenges throughout their lives.  In childhood, their education was designed for a world where few women worked, yet they have …

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