Watford's MP is supporting a year-long programme which marks 100 years since British women were given a voice.

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed which gave some women and all men the vote for the first time.

The Vote 100 programme includes a range of events commemorating the men and women who fought to achieve electoral equality and it is being backed by Richard Harrington.

Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament, "Voice and Vote", while there will also be a number of nationwide events, including EqualiTeas and UK Parliament Week 2018.

Mr Harrington is also organising an art competition for schools to help mark the occasion. Students are invited to get creative and design anything from a suffragette banner or sash, to a badge, photo or drawing. The winner will be announced later in the year and will receive a prize, as well as a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Harrington said: "The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards the rights women have today, and the centenary of that act is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our progress. That we’ve seen two female Prime Ministers in that time shows just how far we’ve come.

"That’s why I’m encouraging schools and community groups across Watford to mark the occasion. Whether it’s just chatting about the issues over a cup of tea, or taking part in my art competition, there are so many ways for people across our community to get involved.

"It’s also important that we remember there is still more to do, and I look forward to working with people across Watford to ensure we create an even more equal society."