David marks 100 year centenary of Suffragette campaign

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has paid tribute to Suffragette campaigners as the country marks the 100 year anniversary of some women being allowed to vote for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Mr Mundell believes today's anniversary should rightfully be marked as a time when a positive step was made, but also called on everyone to redouble their efforts to ensure equality for women 100 years on.

Commenting David Mundell MP said: "The campaign by the Suffragettes was absolutely remarkable, in what they did to gain some women the vote 100 years ago, which ultimately paved the way for universal suffrage a decade later, for those over 21.

"On the 100 year anniversary it is only right that such an important milestone in our nation's history is being remembered so that current youngsters, who would not think twice about having the vote, understand how hard women had to fight for it at the start of the 20th century.

"Their legacy is one of a dedicated cause through such hardship, some of which was almost unimaginable.

"We have made many fantastic strides as a nation in terms of bringing about equality for our women, but there is still so much more we can achieve.

"That is why on this 100th anniversary I am encouraging men and women of all parties and in all walks of life to ensure equality for all women is achieved in a modern United Kingdom."