LWN has long campaigned for a wholly independent system for sexual harassment complaints within the Labour Party. The current system is subject to delays, leaks and politicisation and is failing Labour women. SO JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN AND SIGN OUR PETITION NOW!
So with your help, we want to show the Party that it has the backing of members, including male allies.
We have TWO Calls To Action;
1) Sign Our Petition To Show Your Support
And then, share it with all your Labour family and encourage as many Labour members to get behind it. We also have posts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages that your can share with your political networks
2) Get your CLP Or Women's Branch to Support our Motion to Women's Conference (the deadline is the 26th May, so please act fast)
However, we need you to know that our motion may be refused as Women’s Conference has been denied the power to put forward organisational changes this year but we want to press ahead with this important issue!
You can read the petition/motion text below, or download it here and support it as an individual member.
Plus we have produced a handy FAQ guide for you to download with FAQs.
You can catch-up on how LWN has been leading the charge on this for a number of years here, and remember to get your CLP to send two delegates to Women's Conference! You can find out more about the Labour Party Women's Conference here
Below is the petition/motion - please lend your support to this important issue, and ask your CLP to support the motion too.
Women’s Conference notes that:
1) The Labour Party has a widespread problem with sexual harassment, from its grassroots up, evidenced by the 2017 LabourToo report which detailed 43 case studies of harassment, assault and abuse
2) A 2018 independent report into the extent of Labour’s sexual harassment problem by Karen Monaghan QC has never been published
3) The complaints process is subject to unacceptable delays and leaks, with suspensions unusual and expulsions exceptionally rare
4) Labour MPs and councillors subject to sexual harassment complaints have been allowed to continue to represent the Party without suspension
5) In March 2020, Keir Starmer committed in writing to an independent complaints process for sexual harassment complaints
6) Women are not safe as Labour activists, staff or elected officials
7) Successive Leaders, General Secretaries and National Executive Committees have failed to address this to any effect
8) This motion may be refused as Women’s Conference has been denied the power to put forward organisational changes this year
9) As Labour women we are submitting it anyway, because enough is enough. We urge Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee to acknowledge the urgency of this debate.
Women’s Conference resolves that:
1) The recommendations of the Monaghan report be published and implemented
2) The elected, factional and political National Constitutional Committee and National Executive Committee should have no role in arbitrating sexual harassment complaints
3) The Labour Party introduce an independent process for sexual harassment complaints, from first contact to final outcome.