Theresa May posts picture of 'all the talented female MPs' - without Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry

Theresa May posted this picture earlier today

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Theresa May has celebrated the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage by posting a picture of "all the talented female MPs in Parliament" - with senior Labour politicians Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry nowhere to be seen.

The Prime Minister tweeted a group photo on her personal twitter account this morning, featuring dozens of female MPs.

The picture was accompanied by the message "What better way to start today's #Vote100 celebrations than by gathering with all the talented female MPs in Parliament. More must be done, but I'm proud that there are over 200 female MPs - our democracy is stronger as a result."

A number of Labour MPs were in the picture, including shadow ministers Chi Onwurah, Barbara Keeley and Tracy Brabin. However Abbott and Thornberry, the shadow home secretary and shadow foreign secretary respectively, were both conspicuous by their absence.

Abbott and Thornberry, along with Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of Labour's seniormost Shadow Cabinet members, visited the Museum of London this morning and posted their own group shot on social media. The museum has unveiled a series of events to celebrate the centennial anniversary of women being awarded the vote.

Corbyn has also published a video message to mark the occasion, hailing the courage of suffragettes as Emily Wilding Davison, who campaigned tirelessly for free speech before being killed by the King's horse when she invaded the Derby in 1911.

However Corbyn wrote that, despite these advances, "there are still too few women in Parliament.

"Women still do not receive equal pay for equal work, and many face discrimination in the workplace and everyday life."