Suffrage Pioneers - Project 2018 Partners

Our Patrons in the House of Lords are Baronesses Margaret Eaton, Sally Hamwee, Patricia Hollis and Gillian Shephard and Lord Gary Porter, Chairman of the Local Government Association.

The Suffrage Pioneers (Project 2018) Steering Group includes representatives of:

  • Women’s Local Government Society
  • Local Government Association
  • National Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • History of Parliament project and Vote 100
  • National Association of Civic Officers
  • The Fawcett Society
  • Archivists in Local Government
  • The Historical Society
  • Community Radio and
  • Two academics and authors specialising in suffrage campaigns.

Women's Local Government Society (WLGS) contact details:

Cllr Mrs Lesley Clarke OBE
Chairperson, WLGS
Mobile: 07769 955708                   

Cllr Mrs Marianne Overton MBE
Vice-chair, WLGS
Leader, LGA Independents          

Anne Baldwin
Secretary, WLGS
Mobile: 07973 689782                   
Ann Reeder
Clerk, Steering Group
Mobile: 07903 964812                

Web, email, twitter:                     

Project 2018 Partners:

The Local Government Association (LGA)

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems. Our membership includes 349 English councils, the 22 Welsh councils via the Welsh LGA, 31 fire authorities, 10 national parks and one town council.

Increasing the pool of talent from which councillors are elected is a key task for local government. We need different kinds of people willing to stand for election so that parties get a choice of quality candidates: councillors who are capable, vibrant, energetic and engaged, with a commitment to local people and a passion for change.

Be a councillor

LGA libraries, archives and heritage 


The National Association of Civic Officers (NACO)

The National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) promotes excellence in local authority civic offices throughout the UK and provides training events designed specifically for civic officers through a network of experienced professionals.  It also provides a voice for consultation with central and local government, and other organisations.  


Buckinghamshire County Council

Vote 100

The Parliamentary project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and other anniversaries. 


The History of Parliament


The History of Parliament is a research project creating a comprehensive account of parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins in the thirteenth century. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, the History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history. The Trust is working with a variety of projects, including ‘From suffrage to citizenship’ and UK Parliament’s ‘Vote 100’ to celebrate and explore the legacy of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
All of the History’s work published up to 2011 is now available on our website


The Fawcett Society 

The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. Our vision is a society in which the choices you can make and the control you have over your life are no longer determined by your gender. We publish authoritative research to educate, inform and lead the debate; we bring together politicians, academics, grassroots activists and wider civil society to develop innovative, practical solutions and we campaign with women and men to make change happen.  

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