Kirsten Johnson, the first woman to be selected by the Liberal Democrats to become MP for North Devon, is hosting a commemorative Coffee Morning at Barnstaple Library on Friday 14th December, 2018 from 10.30am until 12.30pm. This marks the date, to the day, when 100 years ago, some women first got the right to vote in the UK.
Kirsten will be joined by women from across North Devon who will share their thoughts on the importance of female suffrage; the progress that has been made on women’s issues since 1918 and the work that still needs to be done.
"Too often people take for granted our right to participate in the democratic process. Let us not forget that women gave their lives so that we could cast our votes. As I travel around North Devon, listening to views from across the political spectrum, it always strikes me how important it is that politicians are engaged with the daily concerns of their constituents. Democracy is not about sitting in the ivory towers of Westminster. It is about working hard on the ground and speaking truth to power. I intend to follow in the steps of the likes of Nancy Astor, the first female MP. Like me, she was American born and represented a SW constituency. I share her determination, if not her Conservative politics.”
Kirsten has commissioned a special suffrage cake – made from local ingredients and baked in Devon, which will be shared with everyone who joins her on Friday, December 14th.