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
Beth Millar Lucy Brown Chloe Reed, Durham CM Slavidou C Williams Nicola Gallie Jean Hogan, Hertfordshire Jeni England Kelly Power, London Roz Hathaway, Oxford Linda O’Sullivan Hannah Tahir Sheena Best Sarah Westbury Jemma Louise Rhonda Thompson Amanda Whyte Charlotte Edwards Tamsin Meriel Claire Russel Cushla Brennan Mary Mulligan Louise Robinson Katheryn Congdon Clare Kerr Sarah Cummings Ali Ceesay Wendy Lisa Gibbons Anna Fisher Jennifer Wilson Natasha Parys, Kent Jeni Harvey Maggi Gibson Grace O’Malley Rachael Rowe Sarah Bellabarba Jessica Eaton Helen Saxby Claire Fenner Julie Deakin Suzie Ivins
Lily Floyd Kath Ball Karen Goode Angela C Wild Susan Perry Frances Gillard Rebecca Harrison Jenny Nicholas Knaggs Kim Harding Louise Thornbury D Fielder Sarah Ferguson Nicola Kerry Andrea Thomas Jillian McCormick Felicity Thorpe-Tracey Darleen Jones Melissa Kramer