“We expect to be fielding candidates in next year’s Welsh assembly elections.” Newly elected leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Sophie Walker is feeling determined and confident after telling BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement that the party would be taking a non-partisan approach to elections.

Sophie Walker, new leader of the Women's Equality Party.
Sophie Walker, new leader of the Women’s Equality Party.

“We will work with other political parties where they want to work with us and, where we see that other political parties are adopting our goals and taking on our agenda, then we would consider joint candidacies with them.”

The feminist group is now in its fourth month of existence after it was created by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and journalist Catherine Mayer. It is the fastest growing political party in Britain, having already gained interest from 30,000 people in the UK.

Sandi Toksvig, co-founder of the party.
Sandi Toksvig, co-founder of the party.

Ms Walker pointed out, “We’ve picked the perfect time to launch a political party because of the number of proportional representation elections coming up in the spring.” She went on to explain that the party is in the early stages of planning its strategies moving forward and is discussing with its members which seats to target.

The party held its first meeting back in June, after which Helen Walbey, chair of the Cardiff and Valleys branch, commented that it is not a “single-issue party”. She also shared with the public the ethos of the Women’s Equality Party by pointing out that research has shown “when women have equality, everybody in society does better.”

All party leaders appear very positive, stating that they intend to field candidates in the coming year and believe they have a good chance. This should form a strong grounding going into 2020 and as Sophie Walker concluded “who knows what the political field is going to look like by then”.


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