Labour Women's Network has a long tradition of providing gold-standard, subsidised training opportunities for our members, and over recent years this has opened up to non-members.
Our training enjoys a very high reputation, with high calibre trainers. No two courses are the same as we tailor them to each group so everyone gets 110% out of the course. Our courses are heavily subsidised by our membership as we recognise finance is often a barrier for women entering political life' and we also run our own bursary scheme.
We have a (very) long list of graduates and alumnae who happily share their endorsements. Here are a few of our graduates that you may recognise;
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner MP,
Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds MP,
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Emily Thornberry MP,
Shadow Housing Secretary Thangam Debbonaire MP,
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Rachel Reeves MP,
Shadow International Development (DfID) Secretary Preet Kaur Gill MP
Shadow Young People and Voter Engagement Secretary Cat Smith MP
Jess Phillips MP (Shadow Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Minister),
Seema Malhotra MP (Shadow Employment Minister),
Tulip Siddiq MP (Shadow Children & Early Years Minister),
Tracy Brabin MP (Shadow Cultural Industries Minister),
Alison McGovern MP (Shadow Sport Minister)...
Click here to read a few of our endorsement's.
We make every effort to ensure that a diverse range of women are able to participate in our training, and we monitor and publish our diversity figures, which you can see here.
Applications for our Jean Black Bursary Fund are open to any LWN member applying for our residential training, who are low-waged, on benefits, or a single parent. Successful applicants receive their training for free, with LWN covering the total cost of the training (approximately £320) plus an extra £50 towards travel or caring costs. We offer five fully funded bursary places per course, with the aim of doing at least three residential weekends a year.
At the 2019 General Election, of the record breaking 53% of Labour candidates who were women, 20% were graduates or alumnae of Labour Women’s Network. Watch our #lwntrainingworks video.
LWN Training Team
We have an expert ‘in-house’ training team which develops and delivers all our training courses. Each member of the team, current and past, has real depth in our Movement, training from real world experience rather than classroom lessons.
Our team includes;
Nan Sloane, Labour Women’s Network lead training co-ordinator, former Regional Director in Yorkshire & the Humber, experienced worldwide political trainer and author of The Women in the Room: Labour’s Forgotten History
Abena Oppong-Asare MP, Chair of Labour Women’s Network, Labour MP for Erith and Thamesmead and PPS to Shadow Chancellor
Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith, former MP, Former MP for Redditch and the UK’s first female Home Secretary from 2007-9, political commentator and Strictly star
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, London Borough of Hounslow
Kiran Mahil, Deputy Head Teacher of a Secondary School, Jo Cox Women in Leadership graduate and former National Women and Equalities officer of the Labour Party.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Leader of the LGA, Deputy Mayor of Hackney and Cabinet member for Education, Young People & Children’s Social Care.
- Councillor Erica Lewis, Leader of Lancaster City Council and County Councillor in Lancashire, on the LGA Board
- Kate Dearden, Head of Research, Policy and External Relations at Community Union
- Claire Reynolds, LWN National Officer, former councillor, European candidate and Downing Street adviser.
** You can find out about our current online training ‘How To Be A Parliamentary Candidate’ course here. ** Or our ‘LWN Political School: Making Your Mark’ here **
No two LWN training courses are the same, and over the years we have held many types of training course and events around the country - our most popular courses are our residential courses which offer intensive training, with a high trainer/trainee ratio and plenty of time to think about yourself and your future. You can find our more about our previous courses here.