Henrik Pedersen, CEO, ABP; Eleanor Mills ,Chair WIJ; Rt . Hon Amber Rudd MP & Nusrat Ghani MP

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Women in Westminster event on 27 February and helped to make it such a special occasion. The weather couldn’t have been more different to last year as we swapped the Beast from the East for an unseasonably warm evening on the terrace at the Houses of Parliament.

WIJ Chair Eleanor Mills introduced our host Amber Rudd MP, who highlighted the importance of such events that celebrate and bring together the world of journalism and politics. Amber also made a point of saying how brilliant it was to have female MPs from across parties all in one room enjoying the evening, saying that they should all do more, politics aside, to support each other in parliament.

She went on to speak about the importance of the language used by the press to report on politics, highlighting how the use of incendiary language was both dangerous and damaging. “It has consequences and we have to stop it,” Amber affirmed, adding jovially, “though I’m sure this isn’t directed to any of the brilliant women here tonight!”

There was indeed an abundance of female MPs and journalists in attendance, including MPs Emily Thornberry, Nicky Morgan, Diane Abbott and Jess Phillips, as well as BBC political editor and friend of WIJ Laura Kuenssberg, and her colleague BBC Politics Live presenter Jo Coburn.

Henrik Pedersen, ABP Chief Executive Officer, said: “We were proud to team up with Women in Journalism for a second year in a row, in order to create a common forum for women across the worlds of politics, journalism and industry, to share ideas of how we could create more diverse workplaces.” 

“Diversity is of paramount importance to ABP as we fundamentally believe that organisations are much stronger when different voices are listened to in business.” 

A big thank you to ABP for sponsoring the event