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sarah-champion-mp.jpgSarah Champion MP reports on Labour's plans to tackle the rising cost of childcare.

Picture this. You’re a mum, working full time, with two young children.  You earn nearly £12,000.  You’ve got a partner who also works full time, earning the same as you.  You’ve recently returned to work after having a career break to spend the last two years raising your children.  During that time, you’ve found it hard to survive on one income alone, so you felt it was time to return to work to help bring money in for the family.  

Championing Childcare

Sarah Champion MP reports on Labour's plans to tackle the rising cost of childcare. Picture this. You’re a mum, working full time, with two young children.  You earn nearly £12,000. ... Read more

Dawn_Butler.jpegDawn Butler, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Brent Central reports on the Labour Black Women's Network's first policy forum and training day. 

On Saturday 7th June the Labour Black Women’s Network met for its first National Policy Forum and training day. 

Diversifying Parliament: Black Labour Women Lead the Way

Dawn Butler, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Brent Central reports on the Labour Black Women's Network's first policy forum and training day.  On Saturday 7th June the Labour Black Women’s Network... Read more

Ann McKechin, MP for Glasgow North and a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee on addressing the gender imbalance within the apprenticeships system.

The Apprenticeships Gender Divide Persists

Ann McKechin, MP for Glasgow North and a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee on addressing the gender imbalance within the apprenticeships system. Read more

Fiona_photo.jpgFiona Mactaggart MP, Secretary of the Commission on Older Women, on Labour's commitment to delivering for older women. 

A year and a half ago we launched Labour’s Commission on Older Women, chaired by Harriet Harman. Our rationale was simple – older women are disappearing from all walks of life and this is simply not right.

A better deal for older women

Fiona Mactaggart MP, Secretary of the Commission on Older Women, on Labour's commitment to delivering for older women.  A year and a half ago we launched Labour’s Commission on Older... Read more

louise-baldock.jpegLouise Baldock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South, writes on what equal marriage means to her. The Marriage Act (Same Sex Couples) takes effect on March 29th. 

When you fall in love with someone and everything is going really well, when you finally believe this is “the one” and the passage of time has done nothing to dispel that impression, your thoughts may well turn to making a permanent formal commitment to each other. You daydream for hours about which of you will propose, who will choose the rings, what you will wear, what the flowers will look like, what song will play when you walk down the aisle after the service and who will be present to witness and share in your joy... I’ve been there, I expect you have too. 

What Equal Marriage means to me

Louise Baldock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Stockton South, writes on what equal marriage means to her. The Marriage Act (Same Sex Couples) takes effect on March 29th.  When you fall... Read more

WWW3.jpgI've spent the last couple of months travelling Britain listening to hundreds of women of all ages, backgrounds and races. From hair and beauty students to Woman's Own readers, city high fliers to new mums I've spent hour after hour listening and learning. It's been a fantastic experience confirming to me that if any politician wants to know what makes people angry, worried or inspired they should get the next train out of Westminster.

What did I learn on my what women want tour? I could tell you but then it would be my voice and not theirs’. So here's a snapshot of what women told me about their lives and what changes they want to see. 

Women feel shut out of politics.

Elaine, 50s, hair and beauty apprentice - "You need to know what it's like for different people like you are doing now because you want to know what that feels like. They don't. They don't I'm sorry."

Tracy, late 40s, Morrisons worker - "I voted once. A lady kept knocking near round me where there were a lot of park cars, she said if I get elected I promise I'll deal with that. When she got elected nothing happened and I lost all interest in politicians at that point and I just thought let them get on with it. What they say they are going to do is different to what they do."

Linda, late 40s, Morrisons worker - "They are all middle class, upper class aren't they. There's no working class people and I think that is perhaps what we need and more women...Sometimes you just think with politicians it's gobbledegook. I don't always understand that. Those big words”


Sally Lindsey, actress and TV presenter, Manchester - "I think sometimes that me a forty year old, and I'd say a remotely intelligent woman, I mean I don't understand what they are saying and I want to! I mean it is double speak."


These are women who care passionately about their family and their community, but feel shut out by a politics that doesn't speak in a language that relates to their lives.

What do women want? Gloria De Piero is on a mission to find out

I've spent the last couple of months travelling Britain listening to hundreds of women of all ages, backgrounds and races. From hair and beauty students to Woman's Own readers, city... Read more

Gloria_2nd_headshot-small.jpgIn the first of a series of blogposts Gloria De Piero MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, reflects on listening events held with women across the country as part of her 'What Women Want' tour.

This week in every region of Britain Labour women have been hosting what women want listening events in celebration of International Women’s Day.

I've spent the last couple of months travelling the UK listening to hundreds of women of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives. From hair and beauty students, Woman's Own readers, from city high fliers to expectant mums. I've spent hour after hour listening and learning. It's been a fantastic experience confirming to me that if any politician wants to know what makes people angry, worried or excited they should get the next train out of Westminster.

What women want- Part 1: It's all about childcare (most of the time)

In the first of a series of blogposts Gloria De Piero MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, reflects on listening events held with women across the country as part... Read more

photo-mel.jpgMelanie Ward, who sits on the Advisory Board of the Labour Campaign for International Development, writes on tackling global poverty.

For Labour, internationalism is in our party’s DNA.  We know that the place and circumstances in which you were born should not determine your chances in life.  Our vision of social justice and equality doesn’t stop at Britain’s borders; it spans the globe. 

It’s hard to think of an issue where such an approach is needed more than gender inequality.  Women are half of the world’s population yet make up 70% of the global poor. 

Internationalism is in Labour’s DNA

Melanie Ward, who sits on the Advisory Board of the Labour Campaign for International Development, writes on tackling global poverty. For Labour, internationalism is in our party’s DNA.  We know... Read more

 Harriet_Harman_-CROPPED_SMALLER.jpgHarriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, explains why Labour is the true party of the family.

Over the years, family policy has been highly contested.  It used to be assumed that the Tories were the party of the family and their approach defined family policy.  It meant taking a judgmental view about families - that they must be married and stay married.  It promoted the view that support services - like childcare - should be there but only for "failing families".

Labour is the true party of the family

 Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, explains why Labour is the true party of the family. Over the years, family policy has been highly contested.  It used... Read more

reema_patel_-small.jpgReema Patel, National Secretary of the Fabian Women's Network Executive, on the impact of the Fabian Women's Network Mentoring Scheme

Most mentoring and development programmes are judged by the impact they have - and in this respect the Fabian Women's Network's mentoring scheme is remarkable. Designed and run for four years by Fabian woman Christine Megson, the scheme has had over 70 members on its intakes - with over 20 of those women standing for local council, MEP candidates selected from the crop, and four Prospective Parliamentary Candidates selected through the development programme. 

Breaking the glass ceiling

Reema Patel, National Secretary of the Fabian Women's Network Executive, on the impact of the Fabian Women's Network Mentoring Scheme Most mentoring and development programmes are judged by the impact... Read more

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