Diversifying Parliament: Black Labour Women Lead the Way

18 Jun , 2014  

Dawn Butler, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Brent Central reports on the Labour Black Women’s Network’s first policy forum and training day.

On Saturday 7th June the Labour Black Women’s Network met for its first National Policy Forum and training day.

Labour Black Women’s Network (LBWN) is a community collective and was co-founded in 2010 by activists Caroline Alabi, Mandy Richards & Florence Nosegbe.

It was established to encourage, assist and support black women of African and African-Caribbean origins within the Labour Party, who wish to stand for party and/or public office by providing practical hands-on campaign support, peer-mentoring, advice and information via grassroots community organisation, targeted training seminars and conferences.

We are also campaigning to ensure that increased numbers of black women are represented on party bodies at all levels and are elected to public office in national and local government.

Women of all ages, backgrounds and careers attended – from veteran campaigners to women coming to a Labour Party event for the first time.

We were delighted to welcome Diane Abbott MP, Keith Vaz MP, Angela Eagle MP, and Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote to join us for our discussions.

Over the course of the day participants discussed areas of policy from work and business to mental health, proposing a number of practical policy ideas, which you can find on Labour’s policy hub YourBritain.

All political parties have work to do to ensure a parliament that genuinely reflects our diverse society, but with the continued work of organisations like Labour Black Women’s Network, Labour is making progress. I would like to implore the Party to listen and action the concerns of African and African-Caribbean female activists within the Party in order to encourage and increase participation.


Dawn Butler tweets @DawnButlerBrent

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