Membership votes to end ban on women joining veterans club

Motherwell United Services Club
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The members of Motherwell United Services Club have voted to accept applications from women for the first time.

The club were criticised in February after it was revealed there was no provision in the constitution for female veterans to join.

However, at last week’s annual general meeting members agreed to change the constitution which will be rewritten in the coming months.

Committee member Pat Brown said: “We put the matter to the membership last week and there wasn’t any major problems, a few points of view were expressed and while the vote wasn’t unanimous the majority wished to start accepting applications from women.

“We will now need to rewrite the constitution and put it to an egm for approval as well as informing the licensing board of what we’re doing so the whole process may take a couple of months.

“But basically women are now free to apply for membership of the club and they will be treated exactly the same as any man looking to join.”

Thirteen- year army veteran Catherine Philip led the calls for women to be let in.

She said: “Happy days, this is a wee victory for women veterans.”