Last week I spoke in Parliament on women in work. I don’t agree with demeaning quotas or positive discrimination and I’m not a fan of singling out particular groups, as I do believe that further segregation can indeed cause discrimination. Instead I believe in empowering and encouraging women and all minorities to succeed and fulfil their true potential.
I believe in levelling the playing field so everyone gets an equal shot in life and that is why I entered politics – to create and facilitate opportunities. That’s why challenging stereotypes and career preconceptions is so important. This is very true in the STEM sector which I have done a lot of work on locally including my annual engineering festival. I also spoke of the importance of the introduction of shared statutory leave but also pushed for to explore options where corporate maternity leave benefits can be shared. Watch my speech in full.