Commentary and opinion on national and regional politics by Seema Malhotra

Thursday, 30 October 2008

National Portrait Gallery celebrates Women MPs

Yesterday was a historic day. One of those small but significant events that someone in the future identifies as a day that a key political statement was made. Women's Parliamentary Radio brokered an event at The National Portrait Gallery - a breakfast press launch of a collection of photographs entitled "The Day the Carlton Club accepted Women" .

Four photographic portraits of women MPs in Westminster , party by party, were unveiled for the first time at the NPG roof-top restaurant on Wednesday, 29th October at 8.30 am.
The collection of photographs were taken by photographer Kieran Doherty for to mark 90 years since women were first given the vote. I was honoured to be involved in the taking of the photos, a cross-party event, entertaining the Women MPs with readings as they were brought together for the historic photo.

A simple but significant gesture, to recognise and make visible for the nation the women in our national parliament, and the struggle it has taken to get them there.