Solihull Council is proud to support the inaugural National Democracy Week which will start on Monday 2 July.
National Democracy Week, 2-8 July, is a week-long celebration of democracy that includes events, talks and activities. Council officers will be visiting local schools and running workshops about the importance of democracy and voting in our society.
2 July is the 90th anniversary of Equal Franchise Act 1928 which gave women the same voting rights as men. This year is also the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which, for the first time in United Kingdom, gave some women the right to vote.
Leader of Solihull Council, Councillor Bob Sleigh OBE, said: “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress that we have made over the last century in our democracy.
“The workshops taking place in schools will recognise the achievements of the last century while also addressing the issues that remain in the democratic process. I hope that the young people attending the sessions leave feeling informed and ready to vote, for what might be their first time, at the next opportunity.”
For more information on NDW, visit https://democracyweek.campaign.gov.uk/