Diane Abbott in Jersey for Women in Politics talk

UK MP Diane Abbott has encouraged Jersey women to take part in politics ahead of the island's general election on 15 October.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington was at the Women in Politics event at the Grand Hotel on Monday.

Currently 12 of the 51 States' members - 23% - are women.

Ms Abbott said: "If you want people to participate and be interested, part of that is to have a political class that looks like the population as a whole."

Ms Abbott was joined by serving Deputies Carolyn Labey, Susie Pinel, Kristina Moore and Tracey Vallois.

Deputy Labey, who has been in politics for 12 years and has three children, said the event was designed to give women more information about what life in politics involved.

She said: "Like it or not, it is women who have babies and more often than not bring up the children so... that is going to have a greater impact on a woman's career.

"Women who go through that process can lose confidence in themselves, so giving some support and a network to women who are considering [entering politics] is a good thing."

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