2018 Issue 1
On Sunday 16th September, Hertfordshire-based theatre company Pins & Feathers presented a moving and entertaining new drama based on the real-life stories of women who fought for the vote – from Lady Constance Lytton who endured prison and force feeding, to the non-militant Suffragists who spread the message in every town and village. It was a compelling and emotional story which celebrated the centenary of women (though not all women) getting a vote in national elections. The March explored the struggles of those who fought for change. The play was followed by a Q&A session which was interesting and educational. For those of us who did not know, it was fascinating to hear about the difference between Suffragettes and Suffragists. Copyright @pins&feathersproduction.com 1
Labour Womens Conference
The Labour Women’s Conference was held in Liverpool on Saturday 22 September. If you have never been before, it is definitely worth a visit. Over the summer, all Constituency Labour Party’s were invited to take part in a priorities ballot to choose which topics, from the many motions put forward by CLPs and affiliates, would be debated at National Women’s Conference. We had an opportunity for a delegate to attend the conference and to submit a motion on our behalf. Our choice of two motions – Abortion rights and Women and the Economy, were accepted for discussion and debated. The other two were –Women’s Health and Safety and Childcare. Delegates could then vote for one motion to go forward to Annual Conference. That motion was Women and the Economy.
Labour PPC Candidate
Jill Borcherds our Stevenage Prospective Parliamentary Candidate also attended Conference this year for the first time. I am pleased to add, she was able to speak to Conference on the subject of Anti Academisation and met with many of the shadow cabinet and union reps including; Jeremy Corben, Angela Raynor and Emily Thornberry to name a few. You can read all about Jill’s lobbying of Keir Starmer about Stevenage jobs at stevenagelabour.org and follow her on facebook. Cllr. Sarah Jane Potter as a representative of TSSA is another of our members who was able to speak at conference for the very first time. She gave a heartfelt presentation on her views on Palestine. It is not easy to be chosen to speak at conference and certainly daunting in front of thousands of people but she did herself proud. Well done Sarah Jane.
All Forums will be held at Stevenage Borough Council, The Ingleheim Suite, Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage, Herts SG! 1HN (10:30 – 12:00)
The following are Stevenage Labour Women’s Forum dates for your 2018 diary:
Saturday 17th November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
Contact: Chair Michelle Gardner
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are first and foremost a Labour Party group who would like to reach out to women who may or may not wish to join the Labour Party. If we are to reach our goal of encouraging more women to get involved in political discussion and use their vote, we must become financially self sufficient. So all financial support is welcome. Our forum will continue to offer a welcome to all women who would like to join us in conversation.