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

My experience championing women in the Labour Party:

  • As the Procedures Secretary for Cardiff’s Local Campaign Forum I was responsible for overseeing candidate selections for all-out local government elections in 2017. I refused to give in on gender equality, securing the highest ever number of women candidates and an increase in BAME, disabled and LGBT+ candidate representation.
  • I’ve campaigned for women candidates right across the country – from North Wales to North London – and there’s nothing I like more than getting out on the doorsteps to make sure our brilliant women win.
  • At Welsh Labour conferences I’ve spoken on the platform in support of a motion to make gender equality a reality in candidate selections, was part of a panel discussion on the same topic at the women’s fringe, and have led training and workshop sessions for women on campaigning to win, and using social media.
  • In my home seat of Cardiff Central I have played a key strategic role in the election and re-election of Jo Stevens MP and Jenny Rathbone AM in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 elections.