Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Vicky Ford, Conservative MEP for the East of England, is urging women to check their car insurance policies and to consider renewing policies before a new EU ruling comes into effect on the 21st December. According to industry estimates younger women drivers in particular could see an escalation in their insurance premiums.

The ruling in the European Court of Justice means that car insurance companies are no longer able to take gender into account as a key consideration when deciding on a person's car insurance premium. This means that in spite of research showing that younger women drivers have fewer accidents than their male counterparts, this will be ignored when calculating insurance premiums from now on. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), women drivers could see their premiums rise by up to 25% after December as a result, with younger women being particularly hard hit.

Mrs Ford commented: "This rise is expected to hit up to three quarters of all female drivers and I would encourage younger women in particular to check their car insurance renewal dates, and to consider renewing policies before the law comes into effect on the 21st December. As younger women tend to have few accidents than younger male drivers, to date insurers have been able to offer the women lower pricing, reflecting the lower risk. Now insurers will not be able to offer this differentiated policy. There appears to be a general consensus that car insurance prices for certain women drivers will rise significantly as a result. I am concerned that people are not aware that this cut off date is imminent. I don't think the ruling is sensible, it throws into question the whole theory of insurance pricing which tries to match premiums to expected risks. I would be interested in hearing from readers with any feedback on whether the price of insurance premiums have indeed risen and how this ruling has affected them. Check your policy before Christmas."


For further information, photographs or quotes please contact Sarah Stamp, Press and Communications Officer to Vicky Ford MEP, on 07584 028671 or at communications@vickyford.org

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

CWO are supporting International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November.  Join us on Twitter and Facebook #endviolenceagainstwomen  @UNWOMENUK  @cwowomen    

This week in Parliament

Oral Questions to the Minister for Women & Equalities Thursday 22nd November at 1015am.  Watch live on www.parliamentlive.tv

Thursday, November 01, 2012

CWO Action Day in Corby, 10th November

On Saturday 10th November CWO members will be going up to Corby and East Northamptonshire to support our candidate Christine Emmett. Our help is really needed to knock on more doors, deliver more leaflets and campaign more effectively than the opposition.

If you are coming from London there are direct trains from St Pancras to Corby which take 1 hour and 10mins.

Please meet us at the Campaign Centre at 10am which is a short walk from the railway station. The address for the campaign centre is: Corby campaign office, Exchange Court, Central business park, Cottingham Road, Corby, NN17 1TY.

If you are able to join us in Corby next saturday please email theodora@conservativewomen.org.uk.  

Best wishes,

Theodora Clarke (CWO Head of Communications)

Future dates for your diary:

Wednesday 14th November-  PCC & Corby telephone canvassing at CCHQ
Tuesday 4th December- Christmas drinks party in Westminster