Solicitor and mother of a teenage son and daughter
What do you do, mostly?
Work hard and exchange texts with my children - more recently I have taken up rowing again after a 30 year break.
What matters most in the world?
My children - corny but true - and their personal fulfilment and happiness as they grow up
Also, for all children to have the same opportunities that I have been able to give to mine
If you were Prime Minister what would you do?
Introduce a voucher system so that parents could choose any school for their children in the hope that all schools would become as excellent as good private schools
Abolish student loans in favour of a return to the grant system - my generation had a free education, so we should pay taxes for the next generation to enjoy the same privilege
What does Soft Power say to you?
A less aggressive, more consensual approach that looks for win-win solutions with less emphasis on winning and having to save face by not backing down
Do you have children?
What would you like from this site?
To add my voice and experience towards resolving the gender inequality issues which still plague our society, and to be kept informed on political issues, including but not limited to gender issues
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Yes - you describe the problem well. I too went the small business route, but regret that when it comes to politics, the option to do both isn't there - MPs are not allowed flexible working, let alone job sharing or 35 hour weeks.
Will let you know once the venue for the 29th is confirmed.
Thanks Gaynor - Yes, maybe I've heard once too often that the answer to the clash between family and a political career is child-care. I feel a bit more ambitious about a woman's right to not have to choose between children and influence and would like to see the political culture bend and shape itself a little more around parenting to entice more mothers into the fray. Much to talk about! Watch the site for details of our events as they arise. We will be having a first confab about the Mock Cabinets on 29th of this month if you happen to be in town.
Dear Gaynor - Apologies for not approving this sooner, I'm not sure how you slipped through the net! I enjoyed your thoughts above - and share them too. Not many men or women who are interested in politics are ready to talk about their children as priorities or core interest. Are you in London? Would you be interested in participating in some discussion groups?