April 11, 2019

Brunei, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and UK Military Training

Brunei, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are tyrannical regimes in which women and LGBT+ people face disproportionate repression. These three countries also receive training for their armed forces from the UK Military. Earlier I pressed the Government on this, asking for the Secretary of State for Defence to make an urgent statement on this hypocritical Government policy. You can watch my …

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November 20, 2018

WOW Women of the World Festival 2018 – Cardiff

I am extremely pleased that the WOW Women of the World festival is taking place this weekend, on 24th & 25th November 2018 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Founded in 2010 by Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director, Jude Kelly CBE, the event is the biggest gathering of women and girls around the globe, reaching over 2 million people in 20 …

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October 31, 2018

Women Trade Unionists making a Difference Beyond the Workplace

Not being able to afford to buy sanitary products is embarrassing and demeaning. Period poverty is a big issue across the country. Eight years of austerity policy from the coalition and subsequent Tory Governments has directly contributed to this shameful state of affairs. That’s why I met with women trade unionists from my union, GMB, in parliament to help them …

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December 16, 2015

Opposition Day Debate on Women and the Economy

On Wednesday 9th December I spoke in the Opposition day debate on Women and the Economy. The debate was secured by the Labour Party following its concern over the disproportionate impact of the Conservative Government’s policies on women. House of Commons Library data has confirmed that measures in the Summer and Autumn statement on tax and benefit changes have hit …

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November 11, 2015

I’m supporting EDM 676: Calling For More British Women to be Included on the New British Passport

On Monday 9th November I sponsored EDM 676 which recognises the great contribution of women to British national culture, and suggests that any or all of these women are worthy of inclusion on the new British Passport. The EDM came to fruition after the UK Passport Office released the new design of the British Passport, which is designed to celebrate arts and culture over …

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