LWN in Conversation with Emily Thornberry MP

March 21, 2023 at 7:45pm - 9pm
Via Zoom
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Join LWN in Conversation with Abtisam Mohamed, Labour Candidate for Sheffield Central and Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Attorney General.

How far have we really come on legal rights for women? Is the law yet on our side? Join LWN for a frank and feisty conversation with a true powerhouse of the Labour movement, Shadow Attorney General, Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, and breakthrough politician Cllr Abtisam Mohammed, parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central, fellow lawyer, and daughter of a Yemeni steel worker.

Emily has been Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005. She joined the Labour Party when she was 17, motivated by her experiences being raised by her mother, a single parent living on a council estate. 

In Parliament, Emily has campaigned against 90-days detention, and for abortion rights in Northern Ireland, serving in the shadow ministerial teams of Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer. One of the longest serving current Shadow Cabinet memebrs, her previous positions include International Trade Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Brexit Secretary, Defence Secretary, before becoming Shadow Attorney General.

Abtisam is a senior Councillor in Sheffield and now Labour’s candidate for the General Election in the Labour-held seat of Sheffield Central.  The daughter of a Yemeni steel worker, having left school with 4 GCSEs under the Tory mess of the '80s and '90s, Abtisam, through hard work and access to education eventually made possible by a Labour Government, went on to qualify as a teacher and then as a lawyer, all while working full-time in community development. In 2014, she founded her own law practice to provide legal advice and representation to vulnerable people in Sheffield. A graduate of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Scheme, she is sure to be one to watch over the years to come.

Join LWN for an uplifting evening exploring the personal narratives and political achievements of these two brilliant Labour legal eagles.

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