Over 30 local residents attended the launch of the Hounslow’s Labour Women’s Forum on Saturday 4 February. The forum, launched by Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra and Lisa Homan, Labour GLA candidate for south-west London, aims to encourage the inclusion of local women in political and community debate by ensuring the voices and concerns of women are heard by local and national politicians.
Councillor Liz Hughes said: ‘The Tory-led government is hitting women hard, with cutbacks in childcare support, pensions and legal aid for domestic violence cases to name a few. Hounslow Labour Women’s forum is a really important space for Labour members and supporters to meet, understand the impacts locally and campaign for a better deal.’
Councillor Ruth Cadbury, Hounslow’s deputy leader said: ‘Increasing numbers of children will be brought up in poverty. As councillors we will do what we can to ensure our services respond, but we also need to challenge publicly the attacks on women and on family life.’
Lisa Homan said: ‘It was striking but not surprising that the women who attended on Saturday are very concerned about cuts to services which have an impact on their safety, and it very much reflects what women are saying to me. They are worried about the reduction in police in our Safer Neighbourhood Teams and about the cuts to transport staff at stations. These are issues that affect women’s freedom to travel around London without fear for their personal safety, and I will fight tooth and nail on this issue.’