Harriet Harman says bright pink minibus has important role in election campaign

Harriet Harman with her Woman to Woman minibus.
Harriet Harman with her Woman to Woman minibus.

Harriet Harman has defended her bright pink minibus during a whistle stop tour of Bedford and said it’s the responsibility of politicians to give women a reason to turn out to vote.

Labour’s deputy leader pulled up in Bedford this afternoon (Tuesday, February 24) aboard her infamous pink bus as part of her Woman to Woman tour, which aims to get ladies voting on May 7.

Bedfordtoday spoke to Miss Harman as she door knocked homes alongside prospective parliamentary candidate Patrick Hall in Bedford’s Foster Hill Road.

She said: “It is important for us to give women a really big reason to vote. Really it is down to us to get the message across that really this is an important election for women to vote in.”

She said it is crucial that ladies turn out at the polls if they want to have a say on child care, NHS issues and securing better pay in jobs.

During the last General Election a total of nine million women failed to have a say on how the country is run.

“The people I have met here I would say, some are not voting, some are voting, but we need to make sure they feel there is a really strong point to voting,” said Miss Harman.

The politician said recent criticism of her pink bus, which displays the Woman to Woman slogan, means people recognise the vehicle when it passes them in the street.

She said: “Actually the criticism as far as I’m concerned is like water off a duck’s back.

“There is a very serious point underlying the bus. People don’t have to like the colour but the point is important.”