Our Essay Competition: the Winners

Earlier this year, Labour Peers invited young women (aged 17-18 years) to share their thoughts on one of three questions:

• What are the three most important issues for young women in the UK?
• What makes politics count for young women today?
• What can politicians do to better represent young people’s concerns in the UK?

Entries to the competition were of a high quality and the difficult job of choosing the winners fell to our expert panel:

• Baroness Jan Royall, Labour's Leader in the House of Lords
• Baroness Ruth Rendell, Crime Writer and Backbench Labour Peer
• Speech Debelle, Lyricist and Rapper
• Louise Rennison, Author and Comedian
• Zoe Williams, Journalist and Broadcaster

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The initial prize for the winners was a restaurant lunch with the judges, held at Parliament this week. Following the lunch, each winner was given an opportunity to review their essay in light of any recent developments offering further evidence to their arguments. The final four winning entries are published here: 

• 'Young Women and Politics' by Priscilla Mensah
• 'Young Women and Politics' by Lucy Midgley
• 'Young Women and Politics' by Dulcie Lee
• 'Young Women and Politics' by Emma Jones


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