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Marple’s Girl Guides Visit Parliament to mark 100 Years of Votes for Women

Second Marple Rangers and William Wragg MP outside Number 10 Downing Street

A local girlguiding group, The Second Marple Rangers, last week made a trip to London for a visit to Parliament and Downing Street hosted by William Wragg MP. 

A group of six Rangers took part in the trip in order to complete a challenge and to earn their badge for UK Parliament Week. 

William led the group on a tour of the Palace of Westminster including Westminster Hall, the House of Commons Chamber, and the House of Lords, after which they also visited the steps of Number 10 Downing Street. 

The visit also coincided with the anniversary of 100 years since women were giving the vote in Britain. The girls had been learning about the women’s suffrage movement, including the protest of the Suffragettes around Parliament. During the visit they were able to see first-hand some of the locations where these protests took place such as the statues women chained themselves to in protest, and the broom cupboard in which Emily Davidson hid overnight in order to be recorded as ‘resident’ in Westminster in the 1911 Census.

Speaking about the visit MP for Hazel Grove said: “I was very pleased to welcome the group of 2nd Marple Rangers to Parliament to mark 100 years of women and the vote, and I was impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge they showed.

“Parliament is at the heart of our democracy in Britain, and has been at the centre of many turning points in our history. I feel very privileged to be able to represent the people of Hazel Grove constituency here each week, and I am always pleased to be able to share that experience with constituents who visit.”

2nd Marple Rangers Leader, Caroline Calverley said: “We haven’t stopped talking about the things we saw and William was so informative and made it really interesting for us.  The added bonus of our photo opportunity at No 10 was fabulous.”