WELCOME! And thank you for joining Labour Women’s Network.
As you will know, Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party.
We are a busy organisation! Our committee and training team are all volunteers and we have two part-time members of staff to help with the running of LWN. You can find out more About LWN, including who is on the committee here.
We aim to send out our e-news every 3 - 4 weeks, which will share news, events or campaigning. Please make sure you keep your details up-to-date.
The main part of our work is our gold-standard training programme which has been running for over three decades now. We have a (very) long list of graduates and alumnae who happily share their endorsements. Here are a few of our graduates in the current Shadow team;
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)...
Your membership subscriptions helps to subsidise ALL our training programmes and contribute to our bursary fund. Over the last year, all our training has moved on to Zoom and once the World returns to normal, we aim to develop a hybrid approach to our training programmes. You can find out about our training here.
However, in-person venues can be very expensive, especially as we only use venues that can cater for a wide-range of access needs. To keep the costs down for our trainees we heavy subsidise our training programs so that no woman is barred from training due to the costs, including our Jean Black Bursary Fund.
Every year we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) normally on the Saturday before Annual Conference. At our AGM you will find out the results of our Management Committee Elections (see below); receive reports from the Committee on our activities during the last year; and hear from speakers. Early in the summer months, all eligible members will receive an email with the details on the AGM and how to stand for our Committee Elections.
We also hold our Management Committee Elections over the summer months, again more details will be emailed out around June/July each year but essentially every year, full LWN members elect a Committee who are responsible for the direction of all LWN work. Each committee member holds office for 2 years and the committee is elected in two halves.
Over the last year, all our events have been held over Zoom, you can watch a few of them here. Again, once we are able to have in-person event we will host at least two big fundraising events – normally in London – which are our annual dinner and our Christmas Party. It’s fair to say that Covid-19 has hit our ability to fundraise very hard!
You may also like to have a look here at some of our feminist merchandise via our online shop!