Women's Equality Party
Liverpool Metro Mayor candidate presents ₤23 billion cheque to the North West
INTERNATIONAL Women's Day, the Women's
Equality Party candidate for Liverpool Metro Mayor will present a big cheque for
₤23.7 billion to 'North West Economy.' Tabitha Morton, who was announced as the party's candidate last month and is the
only woman in the mayoral race, said the cheque represented the amount that
could be added to the region's economy annually if women were able to work the
hours they wanted to, at the same rate of pay as men.
The gender pay gap means that women in the North West earn ₤23.7 billion less
than men, which is not only unfair, it also a huge lost opportunity. Tackling
the causes of the gender pay gap; including affordable childcare, flexible
working and equal education opportunities for boys and girls; will not only
provide a vital economic boost, it will also make life easier for families
across the Liverpool City Region.
Morton's campaign is focused on gender equality in business, culture and family
life. "The Northern Powerhouse project was set up to boost economic growth
in the north of England," she said. "It is a project that cannot
succeed if it fails to harness the talents of half its population. Because of
this, we all lose out.
Liverpool's business leaders and innovators understand that gender equality is
not a 'women's issue,' but a business imperative, and understand that diversity
in the workplace boosts productivity. Allowing women to achieve their full
economic potential would add $28 trillion to global GDP and an extra 10% to the UK economy by 2030.
I will campaign tirelessly until election day on 4 May to ensure that Liverpool
City Region puts women at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, and starts to
make the most of their talents for the benefit of all in the North West."