Access & Diversity


Since the General Election in 2010, Labour Women’s Network has run our flagship parliamentary residential training in Scotland, Wales and every English region.


In addition, we have delivered free taster training in multiple English regions, Scotland, Wales and at a number of Labour Party conferences and events.

Our graduates are drawn from multiple sectors, including business, the military, charities, the NHS, local government and the trade union movement, as well as those with full-time caring responsibilities. We are constantly reviewing the level of diversity of our trainees and working to improve it.

Between 2010 and 2018 we found that:

  • 52% of our trainees live outside London and the South East
  • 70% were born/brought up outside London and the South East
  • Only 12% work in politics in one form or another, 17% in the voluntary sector and a further 29% in the public sector
  • Our trainees come from all age groups, with 14% being under 30 and 45% between 31 and 45
  • 13% identify as disabled
  • 10% come from Asian backgrounds, and 12% identify as black
  • 8% identify as lesbian or bisexual
  • 88% went to university, of whom 54% were the first person in their family to do so
  • 87% were educated at state schools, with a further 8% being educated outside the UK.
  • 41% are the primary carers for children under the age of 18 or adult relatives

LWN is funded largely by our members and we pay for our training programmes through fundraising (including at our annual dinner), membership subscriptions and subsidised course fees. Member participants in our intensive residential weekend are charged £150, inclusive of all meals, accommodation and materials. Each place costs LWN over £300 to deliver. This figure does not include trainer time, given voluntarily, which equates to a subsidy of almost £1000 per participant.

In addition to our charged-for training, we have organised a number of free events for members, including policy seminars and events at Labour Party conference.


Monitoring figures last updated 21 September 2018