I was delighted to speak at the unveiling of the Blue Heritage Plaque to celebrate the life of Dr Marion Phillips, Sunderland’s first female MP.
The plaque marks 90 years since her election to Parliament in 1929, and pays tribute to her tireless work on behalf of the people of Sunderland. Marion dedicated her life to fighting for improved education, women’s rights and the eradication of poverty.
Marion’s legacy is testimony to the importance of ensuring women are engaged in politics, and will serve a reminder that whilst much has improved since 1929, there is still more to be done both here and across the world.
I’m grateful to everyone involved in making this possible, especially Dr Sarah Hellawell at the University of Sunderland.