LWPSN – What’s On


Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network

Email: LWPSN@parliament.uk

(All virtual @12.30pm and joining details sent out to the network via email)

*Please note timings are approximates and some sessions may be subject to change

See past events here

Go back to the main LWPSN page here


Tuesday 10 November 2020  |  Sexual harassment and your rights  |  40 mins

We are delighted to be joined by Deeba Syed, Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women, for a Q and A session on sexual harassment and your rights.  Deeba is a qualified solicitor, originally training in the financial sector and now specialising in employment law.  She is an experienced equality and women’s rights campaigner and activist.  She has previously worked in politics, communications and the charity sector.

Thursday 12 November 2020  |  Women’s rights at work  |  40 mins

Join us for the second meeting with two trade union representatives – Jenny Symmons from the GMB and Lily Lewis 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.

Tuesday 17 November 2020  |  Preet Kaur Gill MP  |  40 mins

Preet Kaur Gill MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, will be joining us to talk about her experiences in politics and discuss Labour’s view on how we can work more collaboratively with other countries around the world in a post Brexit era.

Tuesday 24 November 2020  |  Journalists panel discussion on women in the media  |  1 hour

We’re excited to bring you a panel discussion on women’s experiences in the media with journalists from across the media who will share their insights into the challenges and opportunities they face bringing us the news from Westminster, the United Kingdom and around the world.  We will be joined by Esther Webber from the Times RedBox, and two other journalists to be confirmed.


DECEMBER 2020 – Women’s representation themed month

Tuesday 8 December 2020  |  Women in Westminster  |  1 hour

Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Labour MP for Leeds West, will be joining the network to talk about her book ‘Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics’.

Join us for what should be a fascinating conversation about the battles fought by women from 1919 to 2019.  There will be an opportunity for questions.

Thursday 10 December 2020  |  Women, leadership and statistics  |  1 hour

Professor Rosie Campbell, Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London, will be joining the network for the last session of the winter to discuss the institute’s latest research produced with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which has found that women political leaders are key to more equal and caring societies.  The report is based on an analysis of over 500 pieces of research into the impacts of women leaders in politics and public life, and shows that when women are able to exercise political leadership, there are gains for the whole of society.

You can read the full report here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/women-political-leaders-key-to-more-equal-and-caring-societies

LWPSN – Past Events


Labour Women’s Parliamentary Staff Network

Past Events

See forthcoming events here

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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.


Library Talks


The House of Commons Library Talks are available in audio format on the UK Parliament YouTube Channel.

A full list of talks, including those without audio, can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/research-online/commons-library-services/commons-library-talks/

The following list contains only those talks for which an audio recording is available:

Title: Social Policy – Commons Library talk and Q&A
Date originally presented: Wednesday 30 Nov 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2fX3jt1
YouTube link: http://bit.ly/2kzWCuw

Title: Brexit: ask the experts – Commons Library talk and Q&A
Date originally presented: Wednesday 16 Nov 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2fX3jt1
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/cIHGudcm9kA

Title: Earnings in 2016 – Commons Library talk
Date originally presented: Tuesday 08 Nov 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kAai8J
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hSdpD7xEDgY

Title: The Northern Powerhouse?
Date originally presented: Tuesday 01 Nov 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kzOWs3
YouTube link: http://bit.ly/2kzZEPt

Title: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare
Date originally presented: Tuesday 19 Jul 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/28SzFSq
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/bEobVUKsC80

Title: Brexit: what happens next?
Date originally presented: Wednesday 13 Jul 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kzZVlt
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/f62o-q_8cak

Title: Employment and Support Allowance changes from April 2017
Date originally presented: Tuesday 12 Jul 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/28SzR3N
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/3QzscsAVCB8

Title: The role of the courts in the contemporary constitution
Date originally presented: Tuesday 05 Jul 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/28SzxSS
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Z2tuwczlgdk

Title: Elections May 2016: results in context
Date originally presented: Tuesday 24 May 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kzSniu
YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqcL-FtAQR0

Title: The phasing out of security of tenure in the social rented sector
Date originally presented: Tuesday 15 Mar 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/21b5aIc
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/yl7PArqsj2g

Title: The Barnett Formula
Date originally presented: Wednesday 09 Mar 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/21b50k0
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/OPlYOogzOCQ

Title: Replacing the UK’s nuclear deterrent
Date originally presented: Tuesday 08 Mar 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/21b4QJv
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/J70VC77Cwu8

Title: Supporting science
Date originally presented: Wednesday 02 Mar 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/1Uam2wF
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/M11BoqoEwOI

Title: The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill
Date originally presented: Tuesday 23 Feb 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kA7SLs
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/k5SRZphmVho

Title: Hot topics in Higher Education and Further Education: funding and policy changes
Date originally presented: Wednesday 10 Feb 2016
Intranet page: http://bit.ly/2kAbblY
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/z9Fg4cVA4rQ