Category Archives: equality

Forward, not back on women’s representation

The general election represented a welcome stride forward for the Labour party on women’s representation – but the job is far from done. Advertisements

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Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn’t mean there’s no sexism in Labour

Here’s a piece I wrote for the New Statesman today. While we campaign against misogyny, we must not fall into the trap of thinking Labour is above it; doing so lets women members down and puts the party in danger … Continue reading

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Everywoman: a review

‘You will never be popular’, starts Jess Phillips – words spoken to her by Harriet Harman when she first began speaking out for women in parliament.

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Labour has some brilliant women in local government – now we need to act to ensure there are more of them

I wrote this for my LabourList column. It’s easy to feel down about women’s progress at the moment – not least in local government – but our women councillors give us reason to be optimistic.

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A message to Donald Trump

I wrote this following the Women’s March. As Donald Trump settled in to the Oval Office on Saturday, millions of people worldwide took to the streets to march for women’s rights. In London, Labour members, trade unionists and thousands of … Continue reading

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In politics as in life, sexual harassment is a consequence-free crime

Here’s an article I wrote for the New Statesman, published today. Labour might as well copy Donald Trump’s winning ways and have its politicians “grab a woman’s pussy”.  So jokes Mark Steel. He needn’t worry – British political parties are … Continue reading

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Theresa May should implement Section One of the Equality Act

Labour’s founding aim is to create a more equal society. Given that huge inequalities set in before children even reach primary school, that mission starts at birth. Putting a duty on public bodies to consider how they reduce inequality caused by social disadvantage, … Continue reading

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