Here's why the Women's Equality Party campaigned to let other parties 'steal' their policies
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In mid-May the Women’s Equality Party hand delivered their 2017 general election manifesto to each of their main political rivals with a label reading “steal me”. The campaign, titled ‘Nickable Policies’, aimed to get mainstream political parties to embrace the WEP's policies on gender equality, including a minimum of three months paid parental leave for both parents and free universal childcare for 40 hours a week, 48 weeks a year until school age (the full manifesto is available here). Whilst the policies included in the WEP manifesto would, if integrated, represent a great improvement in gender equality across the UK, even the simple delivery of the manifesto was met with differing responses. The Green Party, The Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives all accepted copies of the manifesto. However, when the WEP attempted to deliver the manifesto to the Labour Party it was initially refused, and the copies had to be left with reception, although it does appear that some policies have since been ‘nicked’.
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