8th March 2016

A SNP MP is launching a campaign to encourage older women to enter public life.

Marion Fellows, 66, who became a MP for the first time in May, is establishing a cross-party parliamentary group in Westminster which aims to encourage women over 50 to become active in public life, whether it is getting involved in politics, or their local communities.

Marion, who raised a family of three and worked in education, became a local councillor at the age of 62 before standing as the SNP’s Westminster candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw last year.

The All Party Parliamentary Group will meet following International Women’s Day, with members from all political parties invited to participate.

Commenting, Marion Fellows MP said:

“Standing to be an MP in my sixties wasn’t an easy decision, but it is one I’m very glad I made. It is vitally important that women of my generation are represented at all levels in society.

“Women often sacrifice their career and own interests for their families, but for many, they find themselves with some time later on in life when their children have grown up. I want to encourage women who may lack confidence to take a leap; why not get involved in your local community, put yourself forward for the school board, or get involved in local politics.

“I’m delighted to start this parliamentary group to work towards better representation of older women in public life. Too often, women of my generation are not being represented, but they have so much to offer.

“Society also needs to recognise a positive image of older women and the contribution they can and do make- more role models are needed whether that is on our television screens, writing in newspapers, standing on company boards or standing for election.

“The parliamentary group will look at the barriers which women my age face. We need to address the lack of older women, and do what we can to improve their role in society.”