Clacton in Essex, Heywood and Middleton and soon to be Rochester have all become symbols of what Patrick Wintour, in last week’s Guardian, called “Farageland”.
As the conference season ended the parties faced an almighty challenge little more than 200 days before a general election that even the most experienced pollsters are hesitant to call.
The message from the two by election’s held last week is that UKIP are a real threat to all parties and, as I have said many times, Labour is also be affected and must take action to address concerns.
“Hurrah for Malala Yousafzai,” wrote Radhika Sanghani, in the Telegraph. “Her tireless work for girls’ rights to an education all over the world have just been awarded with the highest accolade imaginable: The Nobel Peace Prize.”
Malala is an inspirational young woman who wrote about the importance of education for girls. She was targeted and shot by the Taliban when she was 15.
Despite almost losing her life she continued to campaign relentlessly and her birthday, 12 July, is recognised by the United Nations which calls this day ‘Malala Day’. The purpose of the day is to campaign globally and recognise a child’s right to receive an education.
Last week was the International Day of the Girl and Tanya Barron, head of Plan UK, wrote an article for the Telegraph explaining why it’s time for Britain to wake up to the plight of girls both at home and abroad. This was the third year of the International day of the Girls and the aim is to promote girls rights and to highlight gender inequality. This year’s theme concerned ’empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence’.
Barron wrote in her article: “Millions of girls in the developing world don’t attend school and, instead, are handed a curriculum of chores at home. They’re denied the chance to live in good health because of violent abuses such as female genital mutilation (FGM).”
The International Day of the Girl reminds us of how many girls across the globe are denied the basic human right of an education while others are abused in the most abhorrent way such as FGM. It provides an opportunity to really challenge the behaviour of those who seek to undermine or abuse girls and young women. You can read Tanya’s article here.