Building the Foundations for Victory

Fresh from a week by the seaside with not even time to stop for an ice cream, with the days getting shorter, topped off with a week of Tories on our TV screens, it's almost enough to make you want to stay in bed - but never fear, as always LWN has something to warm your cockles.

From winning awards in Brighton, to hitting the headlines, there's a lot to catch up on from the last month of work. And that's before we even mention our second National Political Day.

But first of all we want to take an opportunity to all the volunteers who helped out at our first Northern Political Day and at Party Conference, we couldn't have done it without you.

Foundations for Victory - National Political Conference 

After last year's sold out, award winning (more later in the email) Political Day, we’re delighted to announce LWN’s second National Political Conference, Foundations for Victory, which will take place on Saturday November 16th at the TUC in London.

The event will feature high profile speakers from the labour movement and beyond, with discussions on everything from the trade union movement to revolution in the Middle East. Last year's event was a highlight in our calendar and a sell-out, and this year we’re making it even better.

We’ll be adding more speakers and panels over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on the website and the #LWN13 hashtag on twitter for more information.

Speakers include: Ros Wynne-Jones the Mirror, Jacqui Smith former Home Secretary,  Margaret McDonagh former Labour Party General Secretary, Kat Segal Labour Party Digital Director, Mary Riddell the Telegraph, Luciana Berger MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Bonnie Greer playwright, Alison McGovern MP Labour Whip, Amy Lame broadcaster, Rowenna Davis New Statesman and PPC for Southampton, Carys Afoko New Economics Foundation, Cath Speight GMB and Labour’s NEC, Sophy Gardner former RAF Wing Commander and PPC for Gloucester,Ruth Smeeth HOPE not Hate, Purna Sen  PPC for Brighton Pavilion, Helen Pearce Unions Together, Josie Channer PPC for Kingswood,  Cllr Caroline Badley Campaign Coordinator Birmingham Edgbaston,  Kezia Dugdale MSP Chair, Movement for Change, Clare Moody Unite and European Candidate for the South West.

And we are also delighted that we will be hosting an international panel featuring speakers from the Arab Spring, drawn from Labour’s sister parties across the region. 

Foundations for Victory tickets are only £20, and if you're not an LWN member a ticket entitles you to join at a reduced rate. Men are very welcome to attend.

And once you've booked - we need you to help us make this event reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible. Please take two minutes to pop it on facebook and twitter with a link to the ticket site here: http://www.lwn.org.uk/foundationsforvictory

Our last National Conference sold out, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

If your organisation would like to book a stall at the event please get in touch for information on pricing.
 

Picture Perfect 

Conference attendees who are also Labour Women’s Network members and supporters can book a session for professional head-shots by acclaimed portrait photographer James Perrin for just £60, including a £10 donation to LWN. 

This is a great opportunity for aspiring candidates to get a campaign essential at a great price, all whilst supporting our Network.


A Discussion with Rachel Reeves

We really excited to be able to offer LWN members an opportunity to attend a discussion evening with Rachel Reeves MP on Wednesday 9 October from 7-9pm at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, SE1 2AQ.

Places at the event are strictly limited and you must RSVP to be sure of a place. 

This event is one of a series of discussions being hosted by the Labour Party's Women's Development Board, designed to strengthen women's engagement with the Party and other women involved in the Labour movement.

Please RSVP by emailing Development on development@labour.org.uk or calling Hester on 020 7783 1035.


Oh We Did Like To Be Beside The Seaside 

It was a phenomenally busy week for LWN at Party Conference, with our AGM kicking the whole weekend off. If you missed conference, here’s our round up of LWN’s week by the sea side (encounters with menacing seagulls not withstanding).

Election Results

We kicked off our AGM on Saturday morning with the results of our biggest ever election. Congratulations to Kirsty McNeill, Jacqui Smith, Emma Burnell, Josie Channer and Ann Leedham who were elected and commiserations to all the other excellent candidates.

The Award-Winning LWN

Our parents always told us success was its own reward, so we were especially delighted to receive a Best Practice award from the Labour Party for our fabulous Political Day 2012. You might have gathered we have another one coming up.... Have you booked your ticket yet? It's officially award-winning! http://www.lwn.org.uk/foundationsforvictory


Panel Pledge 

At conference we launched our panel pledge, asking male comrades to pledge they wouldn't appear on an all male panel. We're pleased to report that most were more than happy to do so, with everyone from local Councillors, to Young Labour Committee Members to Trade Union General Secretaries pledging to do their bit for women's representation in politics. You can see just some of the men that signed up here.

The pledge made a national splash, when The Independent covered Chris Bryant's decision to not speak at a fringe until a woman was speaking on the panel. Good on you Chris, and we hope more of your colleagues follow your lead.

In a week where Tory conference has seen over 120 all male panels there's still a lot to do, but we're proud Labour and LWN are leading the way.
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Aspiring Candidates' Training

One of the highlights of Labour Party conference was seeing Purna Sen, LWN graduate and Brighton Pavilion PPC, opening Conference. 

Purna is just one of the of our many graduates selected since 2010, and is part of a wide range of women from diverse backgrounds and experiences who have attending our training.

If you’d like to come on our course and find out how we can help you to be ready for selection (or for any other goal in the Party) there are still places available on our Leeds course this year, and we’re delighted to have opened applications for our first courses of 2014. 

If you’re not sure, take a look at what LWN Graduate (and one of Labour's newest MPs) Emma Lewell-Buck says about the impact our training had on her

Upcoming training dates:

7th-8th December, Leeds

25th-26th January, Bristol

15th-16th March, Birmingham

Find out more about the training and how to apply on our website.

 

Work in the Labour Movement

Campaign Organiser, for East of England Labour Party
Closes on 13 October 2013
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Parliamentary Assistant/Researcher, for Barbara Keeley MP (Worsley and Eccles South)
Closes on 11 October 2013
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Caseworker, for Gisela Stuart MP (Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Closes on 10 October 2013
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Caseworker (part-time), for Ken Macintosh MSP (Eastwood)
Closes on 10 October 2013
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Political Adviser, for Yvette Cooper MP (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
Closes on 4 October 2013
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Organiser, for Stevenage Labour Party
Closes on 2 October 2013
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Campaigns Assistant, for Southend Labour Party
Closes on 4 October 2013
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Research & Communications Assistant, for Global Labour Institute
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Upcoming Selections


STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Fri 4 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Sat 26 Oct 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Sat 16 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Jocelyn Morrison
Email: jocelynmor@btinternet.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
West Midlands Regional Office on 0121 569 1901

SUTTON & CHEAM
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Mon 7 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Thu 17 Oct 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Tue 05 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Charlie Mansell 
Email: charlie.mansell@gmail.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
London Regional Office on 0207 783 1170

BOURNEMOUTH EAST
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Tue 8 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Sat 19 Oct 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Sat 16 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Helen Rosser
Email:
Secretarybournemouth@gmail.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

BOURNEMOUTH WEST
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Tue 8 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Sat 19 Oct 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Sat 16 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Helen Rosser
Email:
secretarybournemouth@gmail.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

WEST DORSET
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Fri 11 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Sat 26 Oct 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Fri 15 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Diana Staines 
Email:
distaines19@gmail.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

THORNBURY & YATE
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Sat 12 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Sat 09 Nov 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Sat 07 Dec 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Gary Pepworth 
Email:
pepworth@gmail.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

NORTH DEVON
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Mon 14 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Tue 05 Nov 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Tue 19 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Val Cann
Email:
val.cann@talktalk.net
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

BATH
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Tue 15 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Thu 07 Nov 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Sat 30 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Diana Page
Email:
dipage01@btinternet.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South West Regional Office on 0117 972 9440

EPSOM & EWELL
OPEN SELECTION
Applications Close:
Mon 21 Oct 2013
Shortlisting Interviews:
Tue 05 Nov 2013
Final Hustings and Count:
Wed 27 Nov 2013
Procedure Secretary:
Clive Scott
Email:
clive.scott1@ntlworld.com
Candidates who have submitted applications may purchase membership lists from
South East Regional Office on 0118 923 9400