Wednesday it was off to London with Andy and Clare to watch the premiere of Esther’s bookazine ‘If Chloe Can’ which had been turned into a stage play performed by the National Youth Theatre at the Lyric in Shaftsbury Avenue. A total triumph by the young actresses and the female contributors, Jo Salter, Julie Greenhalgh, Lucinda Ellery, Claire Young, Debbie Moore and others. After the show it was off the The Groucho Club in Soho for a reception. Andy and Clare travelled back that night, I stayed over in order to show Leanne, Esther’s new Parliamentary Assistant some of the systems and databases we utilise in both the Parliamentary and constituency offices. Friday was catch up day in the office, and the weekend has been spent catching up with Council casework and delivering the latest Newsline. Whats that they say, ‘No peace for the wicked?’
Yesterday I was delighted to attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at number 10 Downing Street, there was a short delay to our plans with the Prime Minister made a statement to the press about the situation in Libya and the death of Colonel Gadaffi. The reception was in recognition of Esther McVey’s book ‘If Chloe Can’ an Inspirational book aimed at school girls between the ages of 13 and 16, which she has distributed free to over 5,000 school girls across Merseyside. Now the book has been turned into a stage play by the National Youth Theatre with its London Premiere on 2nd November at the Lyric Theatre in London, before it goes on tour around the country.
Esther said, “I am absolutely thrilled that ‘If Chloe Can’, which portrays a wide variety of female ‘firsts’ who have overcome difficulties and hardships to become some of the most powerful and influential women in the world is to become a stage play. Their talents and expertise range from science to finance, law to politics, fashion and arts. In total, 50 world class women, and inspirational role models have taken part in the book including Myleene Klass, Vanessa May, Jo Salter (first female UK fighter pilot), Duffy, Eileen Collins (first woman to command a space shuttle), Christina Lamb (War Correspondent) It’s great to have this work recognised by the Prime Minister, and hopefully the play, like the book will inspire young girls and show them that it is worth striving to be the best you can be in whatever they choose to do.”
I was delighted that the Prime Minister, despite the calls on his diary was able to spend 20 minutes chatting to everyone involved, a really succesful day. As well as the couple of pics I have posted on this article you can see more by clicking HERE