Angela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne
"Having the support of the wider LWN was a real strength which enabled me to speak up and gain the confidence to champion the issues that matter to me and my community.
Not only was LWN a rock to cling to in some difficult times, the team were able to give me practical guidance regarding how to achieve my goals in my career & daily life. Any sister contemplating being involved in our Labour movement would find the LWN a huge support and advantage.
I'm proud to be an alumni and member."
Sophy Gardner, Labour’s PPC for Gloucester
"I would not be the PPC for Gloucester now if it hadn't been for the support of the Labour Women's Network.
From the friendly welcome I received when I first made contact, to the excellent training and the lasting friendships I made on the training weekend, to the knowledge that support is just a phone call away, the LWN has strengthened and motivated me to progress to being selected as a PPC.
Time and again I have referred back to my notes and recollections from the training weekend, where I learnt so much in such a short space of time."
Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar
“The Labour Women’s Network (LWN) is a fantastic organisation that encourages and supports women from all different backgrounds into politics. Personally, the LWN helped me to realise my potential, and I made good friends and met some really inspiring people.
I would really recommend joining the LWN and signing up to their graduate scheme. Once you do, you won’t regret it!
Rebecca Blake, Labour’s PPC for Redditch
"The course was fantastic preparation for the selection process, and to have such skilled women to point out what you need to do, including how to present yourself is invaluable. Some of the nerves, emotions, questions etc were drawn out then, instead of further down the line when they might be detrimental to the selection campaign. The support did not stop there, you have been SUPERB!
Thank you so much for helping me to get to this point, which I am sure is just the start."
Seema Malhotra, Labour MP for Feltham & Heston
"I wouldn't be where I am today without the training and support I received from LWN. It was critical for me in helping me determine my goals and in developing a network that has truly stayed with me and helped me every step of the way. Becoming an elected representative is as much luck as it is judgement and hard work. LWN is second to none in helping with judgement and advice about how to build the experience and contacts to get through.
And once you reach office, LWN is there to help you keep your feet on the ground and stay connected with women in the party in Parliament and across the country."
Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
"Without the Labour Women’s Network, I wouldn’t be in Parliament.
The training, support and sorority gave me the chance to think that I could do it. Every time I stand up and be brave I can feel them all behind me."
Joy Squires, Labour’s PPC for Worcester
"The selection was a grueling few weeks, but it worked out very well in the end. I'm so grateful for LWN support – it did make a real difference and meant that I knew what to expect.
I'd recommend any woman thinking of being a candidate to do this training."
Emma Burnell, Labour blogger
"The training was as good as my best expectations. The honesty about political life was blunt but not brutal, and the information we were given was comprehensive and well-presented.
It really gave us space to think about things, and the practice and feedback was invaluable."