Women’s Equality


The Cheshire East Women’s Equality Party branch is standing two candidates for election in Congleton in May 2023: Cllr Kay Wesley and Susan Mead.

Our promise to you: if you elect us, we will work hard in Cheshire East and Congleton Town Councils to:

  • Support residents through the cost-of-living crisis
  • Ensure equality and inclusion are prioritised and the Council works for everyone
  • Develop a county-wide affordable childcare strategy
  • Create a strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls
  • Work for an integrated transport plan that includes increased bus and train provision
  • Support development that is sustainable, carbon neutral and protects habitats and green spaces
  • Ensure the sustainable regeneration of Congleton Town Centre
  • Lobby for improved health care facilities including our War Memorial Hospital
  • Deliver a new household waste and recycling facility for Congleton

Read our full manifesto.

About Kay and Susan

We have been active in challenging local inequalities and in 2019 Kay was elected to Congleton Town Council as the first Women’s Equality Party Councillor in the United Kingdom. 

Kay is the only Congleton Town Councillor to document all her work in the community in a regular bi-monthly blog post. You can read Kay’s blog here.

Kay Wesley – your
local Councillor

Kay Wesley has been a Town Councillor for 4 years already and has had a real impact.

Susan Mead – your ‘local hero’

Susan has won awards for her work to support the community.

Why elect Kay and Susan?

Kay Wesley and Susan Mead have already done an enormous amount of work for the residents of Congleton. Their focus has been to make Congleton SAFER, GREENER and FAIRER for all our residents.

You can learn more here:

Tackling Crime  – Safer Congleton

Supporting the Community – Fairer Congleton

Sustainable Development – Greener Congleton

Tell us what you think

Kay is standing for Cheshire East Borough and Congleton Town Council. Susan is standing for Congleton Town Council. Please let us know what you would like from your Town and Borough Councils, or get in touch if you would like a chat about the future of Congleton.

Email CllrKay.Wesley@congleton-tc.gov.uk  or cheshireeast@womensequality.org.uk

Phone: Kay: 07711 459740  Susan: 07875 542974

Why not complete our 2-minute survey about how Kay has done in Council and your priorities for the next Council: Complete WEP Congleton Survey

Why The Women’s Equality Party?

Hear from Councillor Kay Wesley why we are standing for the Women’s Equality Party and why you should vote for us.

When women thrive, everyone benefits, and yet, according to the World Economic Forum a girl born in the UK today has 22% fewer life chances than a boy due to the ‘Gender Gap’ in these parameters: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment.

The Women’s Equality Party was started in 2015 by Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer to challenge systematic discrimination and prejudice in the UK. WEP’s seven core objectives are equality in work, health, the media, representation, education, pay, parenting and caregiving, and to end violence against women and girls.

In 2020 WEP voted to mainstream the Climate Emergency as a core component of all seven policy areas, and adopted the model of Doughnut Economics, which balances the needs of the planet and people with those of financial growth.

You can read more about Why WE Exist here.

Since Kay’s election, other councillors who are WEP members have been elected elsewhere in the country. If you’d like to get involved in WEP Cheshire East you can sign up here. 

Councillor Kay’s Recent Blog Posts

January-February 2023

Update of what Councillor Kay Wesley has done in Congleton, including standing up for green waste collection and a White Ribbon schools workshop.

November-December 2022

Councillor Kay Wesley’s work for November-December 2022 during the busy end-of year and Christmas period

September-October 2022

Cllr Kay Wesley’s work for and in the community of Congleton, September-October 2022, including speaking at CEC in support of a Tip for Congleton.

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