I’m standing to be a member of the Labour Women’s Network management committee.

Why I’m standing:

As one of the first Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme trainees I know first-hand the value of LWN training and support. A large part of the success of this programme is the diversity of the trainees – inspirational women from every background, age and region of the UK.

It’s important to me that as many women as possible are able to access training opportunities like this and participate in the work of LWN.

I live in Wales, and I know from speaking with women from Scotland, the north, the south West and other areas, that it’s difficult to take part if you’re based outside London or can’t afford travel. Labour needs women to win everywhere in the UK.

 

If you elect me, I will:

  • Make sure that LWN offers events and training right across the UK, and that a system of fare-pooling is put in place to help people get there
  • Consult members across the country on what kind of training they want and need, and work to deliver it
  • Lobby for rigorous procedures to ensure that all CLPs and regions follow gender balance policies and deal with abuse according to party rules

 

My experience delivering for women:

I recently set up a Women’s Forum in my CLP which has already led to a number of women becoming more involved and standing as council candidates. I was responsible for local government selection procedures for Cardiff’s 2017 elections, and, despite opposition, increased the number and diversity of women candidates across the city.

I spoke at Welsh Labour Women’s Conference in 2015 about campaigning to win in a marginal seat (I was a key part of the campaign in Cardiff Central in both 2015 and 2017), and at Welsh Labour Conference 2016 I gave a speech representing my CLP as one of the proposers of a motion to the Welsh Executive Committee to produce clear guidance on the implementation of All Women Shortlists.

Following this, at the Women’s Fringe of Welsh Labour Conference 2017 I was part of a panel discussion chaired by Sarah Champion MP on making gender equality a reality.

At Welsh Labour Women’s Conference 2016 I ran a training session on using social media and online tools to campaign. This is something I’m passionate about, and skilled in from my professional background, and it’s inspiring to be able to talk about new ways to campaign with inspiring women from across the Party.

 

My experience within the Labour Party:

  • CLP Women’s Officer 2016-17; set up women’s forum
  • Key part of campaign team for Jo Stevens MP in 2015 and 2017 and Jenny Rathbone AM in 2016, achieving a Labour gain and increased majorities
  • Chair of LGBT Labour Wales 2016-date; increased membership in Wales to almost double previous level, set up first Wales committee, organised presence at pride events in Wales and campaigned for out LGBT candidates
  • Worked with HQ team on testing for Labour’s doorstep app in 2016
  • Cardiff LCF procedure secretary 2016-17; responsible for process of selections for all-out council elections across the city, delivered increased gender equality and candidate diversity

 

Voting for Labour Women’s Network Management Committee takes place from 1st – 18th September. All members of LWN will receive ballot papers and voting information on 1st September. Please use your vote to support me and I’ll deliver for you.

If you would like to get in touch with me, please email jenthorntonlab@gmail.com

For more information on the management committee elections, visit the Labour Women’s Network website.