It may already feel like an age away, yet it was just a few weeks since the Local Elections across much of the country. Labour had a good night, and we are now the largest party in Local Government, winning 33% of the seats up for election (and up 9% on the proportion we won in 2019, when these seats were last up for election), and now we control 99 Councils.
But what about the women? It feels one step forward and two steps back for gender equality in local government, with women bearing the brunt of trolling and harassment, and women in leadership roles is still woefully lacking.
Despite some studies suggesting Labour have almost achieved gender parity in Labour councillors, data suggests fewer than a third of Labour council leaders are women to this day.
As well as our gold-standard training, we know where is much more to do, so come along to the launch of our #Councils4thisMillennium Campaign.
We aim to look at what a future Labour Government should do to correct the imbalance, what Labour Groups, Councils, LCF's and others can do and in true LWN style, we will offer practical solutions, including hybrid meetings, stronger parental and carers' leave for councillors, accessible meeting times, supportive cultures, and more.
Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of LGA Labour, and Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Young People & Children’s Social Care, Hackney Borough Council.
Councillor Sharon Thompson, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and LWN Executive member
Jennifer Hemmingway, Equalities Officer, The Co-Operative Party
Councillor Tafheen Sharif, Mayor, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Baroness Sue Hayman, Shadow Spokesperson in the Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government Team
We hope to see you on the 13th
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