Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party.

Labour Women’s Network was founded in 1988 by four Labour women: Barbara Follett, Barbara Roche, Hilary De Lyon and Jean Black. They wanted to change the Labour Party and get more women into Parliament as Labour MPs.

LWN played a key role in the campaign for positive action to get more women selected as Labour candidates in winnable seats.

When LWN was founded, fewer than 10% of Labour MPs were women. Women now make up a third of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Click here to find out more about the history of Labour Women’s Network and women in the Labour Party.

LWN wants to see 50:50 equal representation at every level of the Labour Party – in Parliament, in Europe, in the devolved nations and in local government. And we want to see equal representation and an equal voice for women within the Labour Party – from local constituency committees to the shadow cabinet table.

That’s why we campaign for change within the Party, and why we provide top-quality training for women who want to stand for Parliament, or get more politically active.

Click here to find out more about our training. Click here to find out about our campaigning.

LWN is a voluntary group funded entirely by our members and supporters.

Do you want to see equal representation of women in the Labour Party too?

Then join us now as a member or a supporter.

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