Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer has welcomed the unveiling of a statue of Aldeburgh born Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square today (24th April 2018).
Ms Mayer, the only female Member of the European Parliament in Suffolk described the erection of the statue as long overdue, becoming the first sculpture of a woman to be sited in Parliament Square.
Fawcett is considered instrumental in gaining the vote for six million British women over 30 years old in 1918.
Suffolk has a proud tradition of women in politics not only Millicent Fawcett, but also her sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who became the first female Mayor in England in Aldeburgh.
Ms Mayer said “I welcome the unveiling of the statue to Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square today, a long overdue honour to one of Suffolk’s pioneering campaigners. It’s incredible that it has taken 100 years after women first got the vote before a woman has been honoured by a statue in Parliament Square.