Category Archives: equality

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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Use it or lose it?

The Institute for Fiscal Studies yesterday published a report showing that the 18 per cent gender pay gap steadily worsens once women have children. Alongside better quality part-time jobs, affordable childcare, a living wage and equal pay audits, greater uptake … Continue reading

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All-women shortlists are working – and the evidence proves it

I wrote this for LabourList after reading some great research into all-women shortlists. I joined the Labour Party because I want a more equal society. That includes equal representation for women in Parliament. So far the only thing that has … Continue reading

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Labour needs to be brave about tackling harassment and bullying

One I wrote for LabourList today, as the NEC elections draw to a close. On Friday, after eight months of campaigning, Labour’s hard-fought NEC elections will close. I launched my campaign by highlighting the cultural problems we face as a … Continue reading

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Labour must fight women’s corner in EU negotiations

As Tories like Michael Gove prepare to pull us out of the EU and the implications of Brexit are discussed, what’s missing from the debate is the impact it would have on women. This comes as no surprise: women’s voices … Continue reading

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End employment tribunal fees and give women #access2justice

Coming forward to report sexual harassment is really hard. You worry you won’t be believed. You worry about ruining your career. Your mental health can suffer. As if it wasn’t hard enough already, thanks to the Tories you now have … Continue reading

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