On May 12th 2010, the Prime Minister David Cameron appointed The Rt Hon Theresa May MP as Minister for Women and Equalities in addition to her appointment as Home Secretary. Lynne Featherstone MP was appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities) for the Home Office. She is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, London.
She has promised that the new Government would not roll back progress that has been made on equality.
In her first speech since being appointed, Ms Featherstone told the Fawcett Society that she would be a strong voice for women at the heart of the Coalition Government, alongside Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May
The Government is committed to a bold and ambitious approach to tackling gender inequality, including promoting equal pay, ending discrimination in the workplace and ensuring that women aren’t unfairly hit by moves to safeguard the economic recovery.
Lynne Featherstone, Minister for Equalities said:
“We understand that gender equality is not only right, it is necessary. Tackling discrimination helps us all – it is not simply a women’s agenda but everybody’s agenda.
“We will not let the progress women fought so hard for slide backwards in this economic climate. We are committed to building a new landscape that works with women, where women and men are afforded the same opportunities and choices to realise their full potential.
“The issue of equal pay is critical to this. Equal pay and measures to remove the barriers to flexible working are absolutely central to the Government’s programme.”
See also: Equal Opportunities and Diversity in the Workplace at the jml Training Site