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Getting mums’ voices heard in parliament

Laura a mum from Morley meeting MPs for ASDA. Laura with Yvette Cooper MP and Hayley Tatum Asdas Senior Vice President for People.

Laura a mum from Morley meeting MPs for ASDA. Laura with Yvette Cooper MP and Hayley Tatum Asdas Senior Vice President for People.

A mum from Morley was picked by Asda to help them launch an initiative to get mums’ voices heard.

Laura Rishworth, 30, who lives in Fountain Street with her son Liam, four, read a speech to MPs in the House of Commons on May 8 about how rising prices are affecting her.

She did not think it would go any further than the initial stage of the application but says the experience was one of the best days of her life.

“I absolutely loved it, that sort of thing doesn’t really happen. I felt quite proud when I found out I had been successful.

“Asda advertised a while ago for people to represent their panel, I applied and had to get through three stages.”

The reason for the visit to the Houses of Parliament was to launch Mumdex, which is an annual report by Asda into how mums, their biggest customers, think and feel about politics.

On March 8 Laura and two other mums went to London to speak on a panel with three leading female MPs in front of an audience full of journalists.

Laura said: “The speech I gave was mostly about how the cost of living affects me. I was nervous when I first went into the room but once we sat down I didn’t feel so bad.”

The whole idea of Mumdex is to give mums a voice in society, so Asda brought mums to the place where all the decisions affecting them are made.

She also writes a blog for the supermarket website, which she will keep doing and will be going to meet staff at the Asda headquarters in Leeds throughout the year.

 

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