Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network
OCTOBER 2020 – mental health and wellbeing focus for World Mental Health Day on 10th October
Tuesday 27 October 2020 | Tackling Abuse in Public Life | 1 hour
We are delighted that Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, will be joining us for a discussion on tackling abuse in public life and to tell us more about the work of the foundation and how we can get involved to help make a change. Catherine is no stranger to Parliament having worked for Rory Stewart MP for a number of years. The Foundation was established in 2016 by the friends and family of the late Jo Cox MP and is aiming to build a positive legacy for Jo.
Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Great coffee get together | 40 mins
This is an opportunity for just us to get together for a chat to share our recommendations on interesting things to read, what to watch and listen to. This could be a book you’re reading at the moment, Podcast you’re listening to or an event you’re attending that may be useful to others. Put the kettle on and check in with the network on how you’re doing and share some interesting things to get stuck into!
Thursday 15 October 2020 | Women Political Advisors to the Shadow Cabinet | 40 mins
Join us for a special session with the women advising members of the Shadow Cabinet including Sally Copley, Political Advisor (PAD) to Marsha de Cordova MP, Emma McNicholas, PAD to Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Charlie Falconer), Kate Robson, PAD to Cat Smith MP and Collette Bird, PAD to Jon Ashworth MP.
This much requested session will explore the role of an advisor, provide advice for those looking to progress their parliamentary careers and give the network an opportunity to meet and ask questions of these fantastic women. Do not miss it!
Tuesday 13 October 2020 | Looking after your mental health and wellbeing | 1 hour
Dr Sonia Adesara is an NHS doctor, women’s activist and the former Director of 50:50 Parliament. She will be talking to us about mental health and the effects of policies on women and give top tips on looking after our own health and wellbeing. Do join us for what we’re sure will be an invaluable session for the network.
Tuesday 6 October 2020 | Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP | 40 mins
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan is Labour’s Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Member of Parliament for Tooting, A and E doctor and a woman that always gets her tone right! We’re delighted she will be joining us for a conversation with the network on mental health and wellbeing. Please be prepared for an interactive conversation with Rosena. There will be opportunities for questions.
Tuesday 22 September 2020 | The Good Parliament | 1 hour
The network will be joined by Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Royal Holloway University of London and author of ‘The Good Parliament’ report which was published on 20th July 2016. We will discuss this report with Professor Childs who made 43 recommendations focusing on three elements; equality of participation, parliamentary infrastructure and Commons culture. We’d recommend reading the report in advance of this meeting which can be found here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/news/2016/july/20%20Jul%20Prof%20Sarah%20Childs%20The%20Good%20Parliament%20report.pdf
Thursday 17 September 2020 | Writing good comms | 40 mins
This session will cover top tips on writing good emails, engaging articles and press releases and how to properly brief journalists. We are delighted to be joined by Georgina Bailey, Policy Editor for The House Magazine and lead for parliamentary campaigns coverage, as well as covering the work of All-Party Parliamentary Groups. This session is a must for all communications staff and an opportunity to meet one of the women lobby journalists in Westminster. You can read all articles published by Georgina here: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/peer/georgina-bailey.htm
Tuesday 15 September 2020 | Women’s rights at work | 40 mins
Join us for the first of two meetings with two trade union representatives – Jenny Symmons from the GMB and Priya Dev from UNITE parliamentary staff union branches – who will brief the network on everything you need to know about your rights at work. There will be ample opportunity for questions and useful information and links will be shared out with the network after the session.
Thursday 10 September 2020 | Parliamentary procedures | 1 hour
Come and join us to explore parliamentary procedures with two senior clerks from the Table Office and Public Bill Office in the House of Commons. The clerks will be taking the network through tabling orderly oral and written questions, amending legislation, explain how legislation is passed through both houses of Parliament, and more! The time will be split into two half hour sessions. Each presenter will talk to the network for approx.10 minutes followed by approx. 20 mins of questions from the network. There will be materials to take away afterwards.
Tuesday 8 September 2020 | Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP | 40 mins
We are joined at our first formal meeting of the autumn with the Mother of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP to discuss women’s participation in public life and her experiences in Parliament since first being elected to the House in 1982. Questions will be read out that have been submitted in advance and some taken in real time.