Ensuring that women can rise to the top—including within the Labour Partyby Jess Phillips / July 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
There are many splinter groups in Westminster. The Conservative “awkward squad” Remainers compete against the hard Brexiteers. The Labour Party seems to have so many different groups it’s hard to keep track of which Whatsapp group to respond to. The Socialist Campaign Group, Blue Labour, new labour, new newLabour (I made this one up before you get over-excited about the prospect of the party splitting.) All these groups are aggravating for change, seeking to use their collective voices to amplify their messages.
The Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, of which I am the chair, is different. It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, grouping. Comprising 119 female MPs and 64 female peers, if Labour women sing together it’s difficult to turn a deaf ear. Decades after Harriet Harman set up the group (which she was told off for at the time) these women are working together to change things.
This is crucial since it’s not just the government which is in need of a nudge on gender equality, the Labour Party is too, and the Women’s PLP will continue to strive for better female representation in local constituency parties right up to the national leadership.
I know the Labour Party has never elected a woman leader where most other parties have, and if I’m honest I think…