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Emma Thompson backs “bright, inspiring” Women’s Equality Party in London mayoral election

Emma Thompson during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin on February 15, 2016. (Getty Images)

Actress Emma Thompson has urged voters to back the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) in Thursday’s mayoral elections, because the issues they support — such as equal pay — are sidelined from mainstream politics. The long-time Labour supporter added, in a letter to the Guardian: “I am supporting the Women’s Equality Party because I really do not want to die before closing the pay gap, which stands, in our great and supposedly modern capital city, at 23 percent.”

Inequality was left off the agenda because it is not a “glamorous” issue, she argued. “What I feel is that politics has these glamorous subjects that people want to go on about — including this f***ing war on terror — and all of the things that make politicians feel important.”

The WEP’s leader, Sophie Walker is running in the mayoral race, but the party is also calling on voters to support the WEP’s agenda (including equal pay, tackling domestic violence, and support for carers) in the separate London Assembly poll. “I am backing them because I have met and talked with them and a more committed, bright, inspiring bunch of women with fantastic ideas I have never found,” said Thompson.

Thompson has also announced plans to work with the party on improving sex education.

The WEP was founded by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and journalist Catherine Mayer, who was interviewed at the Women in the World London Summit in 2015.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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