BOTH the MPs for Ludlow and Tenbury have marked the 100th anniversary of votes for women by saying that whilst progress has been made more needs to be done.

Harriett Baldwin, whose West Worcestershire constituency includes Tenbury, celebrated the centenary of women winning the right to vote joining a gathering of female MPs.

There are more female MPs than ever serving in the House of Commons – 208 women were elected last year making up nearly a third of the chamber.

The current cohort of MPs gathered with Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in General Elections.

All women were allowed to vote on equal terms with men ten years later.

“This is a memorable anniversary and I was proud to stand amongst so many strong and capable women, alongside the second female Prime Minister, to mark this day,” said Mrs Baldwin.

“I try to do all I can to inspire women and girls to get involved in politics either at a local or national level and over the years.

“The battle to secure equal voting rights was a hard-fought campaign but I am delighted that there are so many women serving in the House of Commons speaking up for their women electors.

“There is, of course, so much more to do to equalize the number of men and women MPs but this is an important milestone in that effort.”

Philip Dunne said that progress is being made.

“A record number of women were elected to Parliament at the 2017,” said Philip Dunn, who was the only make candidate in Ludlow.