THE leader of a political party is visiting Basingstoke this September to speak at a branch fundraising event.

Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, will visit the town on September 8 at an event being held at the Irish Centre.

Local artists including comedian Sophie Ross, acoustic duo Greenstone, and Cameroonian dancer AC Mbeng will entertain those at the fundraiser.

Stacy Hart, leader of the Basingstoke Women’s Equality Party branch, said: “Mandu Reid is a history-making politician – the first person of colour to lead a national political party in British history – not to mention a great leader and an inspirational feminist.

"We’re thrilled that Mandu will be visiting our event to meet our guests and speak about the work WE are doing throughout the UK.”

Priya Brown, WE Party candidate for Eastrop and Grove, said money raised at the event will go towards the party’s campaigning.

She added: “When we persuaded 16 per cent of electors to vote for us in Eastrop and Grove in May, we did so with the help of volunteers and our powerful message that equality is better for everyone.

“The funds we raise on 8 September will mean we can carry on campaigning for equality and continue to hold our local council to account.”

Mandu Reid said she is “delighted” to be joining the Basingstoke branch at its fundraising event, adding: “Our branches and activists are the lifeblood of our party who fight for and deliver change, furthering progress towards women’s equality.”

The event will be held from 5pm to 8pm, with adult ticket prices ranging from £8 to £15.

Food, children’s activities, and entertainment will be provided, and the event is accessible.

Online tickets are also available for those not able to attend who would prefer to watch via a life stream at home.

For more information and tickets visit @wepbasingstoke Facebook page or