An ambitious Gwynedd student journeyed to the heart of UK politics in Westminster as part of a massive women's equality campaign.

18-year-old Eleanor Pridding, from Llwyngwril near Tywyn, joined Dwyfor Meirionydd MP Liz Saville Roberts in London recently for #AskHerToStand day.

The event was organised by equality campaign group 50:50 Parliament and saw 250 women descend on Westminster to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK.

Liz Saville Roberts said it had been "great to welcome" Eleanor to Westminster.

Eleanor said:

I contacted Liz Saville Roberts and asked her whether she knew anything about the event and whether she would be interested in accompanying me to attend.

She more than happily obliged and made arrangements with me to meet up in London.

Eleanor, a former Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn pupil, spent the day taking in a tour of the Houses of Parliament, attending a political fair and watching Prime Minister's Questions from a conference room in Westminster and discussing it with 50 other women as it happened in real time.

50:50 Parliament's aim is to achieve an inclusive gender-balanced parliament that draws upon the widest possible pools of talent, including men and women equally.

The campaign group works to encourage, inspire and support political engagement, particularly from women and lobbies Parliament and the political parties to be more inclusive of women.

A 50:50 spokesperson said:

Parliament is meant to be representative but there are twice as many male MPs as there are female MPs. 

At the last election only 12 extra women MPs were elected. At this rate it will take 50 years to achieve gender equality in Parliament.

100 years after women won the right to vote 50:50 are aiming to achieve better gender balance in Parliament sooner than this.

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