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A Spartacus letter re Jo Cox Leadership

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NettleTea Fri 01-Dec-17 12:33:10

as many have expressed dismay at the events unfolding we are creating our response to the letter passed around. The letter will be available to share in a document with signatures including representatives of many of the women's groups pushing for consultation. If anybody wishes to have their name / position held added to the document please PM me. If you just wish to add your support, just comment here and keep it going.

In sisterhood

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 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.

TheGoalIsToStayOutOfTheHole Fri 01-Dec-17 12:36:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PlonitbatPlonit Fri 01-Dec-17 12:40:54

I agree!

No one needs 'out' themselves on this thread, just 'sign' by saying 'I agree'. Anyone who feels able to sign in their actual name can message NettleTea privately to give their name.

Sunkisses Fri 01-Dec-17 12:41:15

I am a Labour Party member and would like to sign in my real name. I will PM you

Thanks for doing this.

LangCleg Fri 01-Dec-17 12:43:31

I agree.

crikeybarker Fri 01-Dec-17 12:45:19

Yes please. I'm a party member and would happily sign.

Datun Fri 01-Dec-17 12:45:38

I agree.

lostplot Fri 01-Dec-17 12:46:48

I agree.

Collidascope Fri 01-Dec-17 12:49:43

I agree.

I also wonder if it would be worth putting a link to this in AIBU as it gets more traffic.

Twunk Fri 01-Dec-17 12:49:52

Add my name please - will pm

AstraiaLiberty Fri 01-Dec-17 12:51:45

I agree and will PM you

ZooeyAndFranny Fri 01-Dec-17 12:52:20

I agree and will pm you. Thanks

therealposieparker Fri 01-Dec-17 12:53:29

yep... I'm in.

NatashaGurdin Fri 01-Dec-17 12:58:24

I agree.

RogueBiscuit Fri 01-Dec-17 12:59:01

I agree and will pm you

mostlymindblown Fri 01-Dec-17 13:00:55

I agree and will pm

mirandayardley Fri 01-Dec-17 13:01:20

I don’t oils like to add my support to this, as someone who is transsexual and is a member of the Labour Party.

MsMartini Fri 01-Dec-17 13:02:42

AM in. Will PM you.

DrRadFem Fri 01-Dec-17 13:04:01

Count me in, sister 🌹❤️

morethan Fri 01-Dec-17 13:07:21

I am a labour party member, I have registered my disgust on the leader and the women's labour page and been abused.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Nikitasol Fri 01-Dec-17 13:08:16

Where do I sign?

AnachronisticCorpse Fri 01-Dec-17 13:13:46

I’m in.

fruitlovingmonkey Fri 01-Dec-17 13:18:00

I agree.

FattyCat Fri 01-Dec-17 13:18:46

I agree

GuardianLions Fri 01-Dec-17 13:19:19

I agree

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