I’m Jen Thornton and I’m standing for election to Labour Women’s Network Management Committee. I’d be very grateful for your vote.

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Here’s my candidate statement:

Living in Cardiff working for an MP, I spend time in Westminster yet have a strong regional insight. I love being around the buzz but understand the frustration of living outside London when it feels like most events and opportunities are in the capital.

My experience in leadership roles within in the Party (CLP Women’s Officer, LGBT Labour Wales Chair, Cardiff LCF Chair), and my significant role in two successful General Election campaigns, has given me the skills and confidence needed to be a strong addition to LWN’s Management Committee.

I’m passionate about ensuring women are given training, support and networks needed to take on leadership roles. I’ve supported women by delivering training at conferences, enabling a record number of women candidates for last year’s local elections and as a member of the campaign team which saw Carolyn Harris elected Welsh Labour’s first ever Deputy Leader.

As one of the first Jo Cox Leadership Programme cohort I know first-hand the impact LWN’s work can have. From that programme I’ve gained sisters and friends from every walk of life, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their support and inspiration. My priority now is to give something back.

As a committee member I would push for:
– Regional representation, workshops and events right across the country
– A specific standing agenda item to keep a focus on what LWN is doing for BAME, disabled, LGBT+ and other marginalised women
– Continuing work on stamping out sexual harassment in our Party

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Voting opens on 29th August 2018 and you will receive your ballot by email, or by post if LWN don’t have your email address.

You can vote until noon on 18th September 2018.

Any questions? jenthorntonlab@gmail.com