MP Ellie Reeves addresses inequality issues in International Woman’s Day speech

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 March 2018

MP Ellie Reeves addressed inequality in a Parliament speech. Picture: George Oates

MP Ellie Reeves addressed inequality in a Parliament speech. Picture: George Oates


To mark international Women’s Day, Labour MP for Penge and Lewisham West, Ellie Reeves, addressed the issue of inequality in the workplace.

In a speech in Parliament, Ms Reeves acknowledged the progress that has taken place over the last 100 years, but also highlighted the issue of continued inequality.

Speaking of her time as an employment rights lawyer, she said: “I saw women being demoted or dismissed after returning from maternity leave, employers placing unnecessary barriers for flexible working and women being paid less than men for doing work of equal value.”

According to the Office for National Statistics in 2017, the UK gender pay gap was 18.4pc.

It was also found that 70pc of chief executive, senior officials and managerial roles were held by men.

Further research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills found that around 54,000 new mothers are forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, with 77pc of mothers saying they had a negative or discriminatory experience before, during or after their maternity leave.

Ms Reeves added: “A cultural shift in the workplace is needed whereby stereotypes about women being a burden on business and the assumption that they alone will be responsible for childcare duties are ended.

“This can in part be achieved through policy such as the introduction of non-transferable paternity leave paid at a rate closer to actual earnings and the extension of protections from redundancy for pregnant women and women on maternity leave to cover the 12-month period after a new mum returns to work.”

Closing her speech, Ellie welcomed the announcement by shadow secretary of state for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, of Labour’s plans to help close the gender pay gap.

She said: “We have achieved so much over the last few decades but we must end the gender pay gap once and for all, make flexible working the norm and promote shared caring responsibilities.

“Only then will we achieve true gender equality at work.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

24 minutes ago

The Churchill Theatre held its Spring Brochure Launch last week (March 13), in their newly refurbished lounge, ahead of World Theatre Day on Tuesday, March 27.

The hit musical inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan is returning to the stage for a UK wide tour, marking 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death.

Latest statistics for the borough have shown that crimes such as arson, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour have fallen in targeted areas since the introduction of a multi-agency initiative.

Yesterday, 16:16

It may have finished 25 years ago, but the popularity and fan base of BBC sitcom `Allo `Allo is always growing.

Yesterday, 12:53

A Mottingham woman who lost her 53-year-old husband to a brain tumour is inviting local people to help raise funds towards finding a cure for the illness.

Yesterday, 10:59

Outstanding work and achievements were celebrated across the borough and surrounding areas at the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust’s annual awards last week (Wednesday, March 14), with many titles awarded to services across Bexley and Bromley.

Most read


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Read the Bromley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder