Centenary of Women’s Votes marked by wreath giving at Solihull Civic Centre

Dame Caroline Spelman, Member of Parliament for Meriden presented the Mayor of Solihull with a commemorative wreath to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the Peoples Act.

The tricolour wreath, which is being displayed in the SMBC Civic Centre, boasts purple, white and green flowers - colours which were adopted by female campaigners in the Edwardian Era who lobbied for greater democracy.

A message card from the Meriden MP reads,

“Presented to the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, and the people of Solihull Borough to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage and in celebration of those who forged a path for generations of women to follow”.

Dame Caroline said, “From one woman to another, I was delighted to present the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, with a floral wreath to commemorate the 100th  anniversary of votes for women.

“We celebrate this anniversary with a record number of female MPs serving in Parliament which is a great achievement, but more than this, this anniversary is an incredibly important opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought – and in some cases died – for equality”.