Sophie Walker WEP

Backwell Festival

Sophie Walker WEP

Sunday Morning Tent Stage – 11am

So much to discuss these days!  Come to our Tent Stage on Sunday morning for our own version of Question Time where our panel discuss the hot issues of the moment! Festival traders will be open early, selling breakfast and refreshments!

Got a question? Please send to  by Friday July 6th. You will be called upon to ask your own question.

We are delighted to be joined by Karin Smyth MP (Lab), Sophie Walker Leader of the Women’s Equality Party and Amelia Womack Deputy Leader of the Green Party.  In the chair will be David Lloyd, writer, actor and former Bristol City FC Matchday announcer, who also reviews the papers for BBC Radio Bristol.

Sophie Walker, Leader of the Women’s Equality Party

Sophie Walker is Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Britain’s first feminist political party which was formed in 2015 to speed up the glacial pace of change and put women’s rights at the top of the agenda.

In 2016 Sophie ran for London Mayor on a manifesto to close the city’s 23 percent pay gap and lack of affordable childcare and won 1 in every 20 votes cast. In 2017 she contested the ‘men’s rights activist’ MP Philip Davies after he filibustered a bill to end violence against women and girls, and helped to halve his constituency majority, and Sophie recently won 90% of the votes cast by members and supporters in the Party’s first leadership election.

A former Reuters correspondent of 20 years, Sophie came to politics via disability campaigning and activism when her daughter was diagnosed with autism. Sophie is also an ambassador for the National Autistic Society and for IncludeMEtoo, supporting disabled children and their families from diverse backgrounds.

Already this year, Sophie and the Women’s Equality Party have come out in support of Carrie Gracie and the BBC women in fighting the gender pay gap for every woman, have continued to put pressure on the other political parties to take sexual harassment as seriously as they take MPs expenses, and supported staff and former staff speaking out against harassment in the aid sector. Sophie is regularly out canvassing for our first candidates in local elections this May, in around 30 wards around the country.