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This letter was published on the old Morning Star website on December 5 but disappeared when the new site was launched. We restore it now.
Dear Labour Women’s Network and Jo Cox programme graduates
We are ordinary women, some of us Labour Party members, the rest of us potential Labour Party voters.
We know that sexism and sexist messages received from birth mean we are less likely to push ourselves forward, to be listened to, to take the lead and have belief in our abilities, especially in a male-dominated sphere such as politics. Whatever our differences, this is an experience that unites women in society and is exactly why the Jo Cox Women in Leadership programme is needed — to bolster self-esteem and confidence and work towards building a toolkit in preparation for political life.
The Labour Party and Labour Women’s Network, in association with the Jo Cox Foundation, have decided not to invoke Equality Act 2010 exemptions which would permit the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme to offer the programme to female participants only.
We understand that graduates will feel a loyalty to the programme and its decisions. We hope they also feel a responsibility to reflect the diversity of women’s opinions in the party and wider society, and will use their leadership roles to ensure women are consulted about the things that affect us, whether Conservative Party proposals to review the Gender Recognition Act or Labour Party mechanisms to increase women’s participation in political life.
Emma Salmon, Fair Play for Women / ex-vice-chair Bexhill and Battle CLP
Jacky Holyoake, Women’s Officer Halesowen and Regis CLP
Dr Nic Williams, Fair Play for Women
Stephanie Davies-Arai, Transgender Trend
Cherry Austin, Fair Play for Women founder / Unite/ North Herefordshire CLP
Jane Galloway, Fair Play for Women / Sidcup CLP / Unison
Anne Ruzylo, ex-women’s officer Bexhill and Battle CLP
Judith Green, Woman’s Place UK / Cambridge CLP / RCM
Jill Murphy, Tiverton and Honiton CLP
Ruth Cherry, Unite
Venice Allen, Lewisham & Deptford CLP
Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, Bristol West
Lowri Daniels, Streatham CLP
Jo Green, UCU
Karen Kruzycha, Romford CLP
Jen Donkin Gourley, Labour member
Jan Oliver, Enfield North CLP
Gina Richardson, Bexhill and Battle CLP
Julia Richards-Davies, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP
Sarah Haughey, Stretford Branch
Kirsty O’Hara, Stockton North CLP
Alex Porter, Dulwich and South Norwood CLP
Amanda Gosling, Canterbury and Whitstable CLP
Kay Green, Hastings and Rye CLP
E Parker, Skipton and Ripon CLP
Catherine Dawson, Exeter CLP
Joanne Jonathan, Cardiff North CLP and RCN rep
Emma Flynn, Labour member
Maggie Wellington, Stretford and Urmston CLP
Bronwyn Davies, Cardiff North CLP
Helena Wojtczac, Hastings and Rye CLP
Jane Egerton, Lewisham and Deptford CLP
Matesa McKeefery, Rossendale and Darwin CLP
Louise Hersee, political education officer, Hastings and Rye CLP
Jo Bartosch, Gloucester CLP
Sinead Connolly, Gosport CLP
Dr Laura Noszlopy, Shrewsbury and Atcham CLP
Eleanor Hill, Cardiff West CLP
Steph Cosson, Rochdale CLP
Melissa Mallows, Wantage CLP
Josephine Liptrott, Ealing Central and Action CLP
Jess Goldie, ex officio Bury North CLP
Kate Meller, Labour member
Hannah Carter, NUJ
Diane Vine, Bournemouth West CLP
Beth Aze, women’s officer Stretford and Urmston CLP
Louise Brown, Labour
Cathy Love, Ilford South CLP
Katherine Brierly, Adur and Worthing CLP
Kiri Tunks, Walthamstow Central
Jackie Mearns, Unison
Cathy Boardman, Labour member
Marion Calder, Unison
Julia Clare, NUS
Natalie Holland, NUS
Caroline Barnard ex Mid-Norfolk CLP
Emma Wilkes, Stalybridge and Hyde CLP
Sarah Johnson, Cambridge CLP
Paula Lamont, Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP / Bectu rep
Chloe Reed, Durham
Jean Hogan, Hertfordshire
Kelly Power, London
Roz Hathaway, Oxford
Wendy Lisa Gibbons
Natasha Parys, Kent
Angela C Wild
Jenny Nicholas Knaggs
Kristina Harrison, transwoman and Unison
Nicholas Davies, Hastings and Rye CLP
Miranda Yardley, transwoman
Andy Cooper, Essex
Michael Murphey, Tiverton and Honiton CLP
And the many other women who have added their support via Mumsnet
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