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I'm currently listening to 'Any Questions' and realising just how far the Labour Party has to go to ensure equality of female representation.  Despite that, I’m enthused that South Lakes Labour has a great deal of prominent female representation – Secretary, Members Secretary / Vice Chair, Woman’s Officer, Campaigns and Diversity Officer.
 
I'm going to the Women's Conference and need to know if there is anything that you want me to raise?  Use either the comment section on the blog or my email (thebloggingroses@gmail.com) to respond. 
 
Also, I had said I was free to meet up on certain dates from the middle of October to early November.  I've had very little response to this and I'm sure, with the benefit of hindsight, that some of this lack of response is because the dates are relatively far away - I must be one of the few people who have to organise their life months in advance to make sure that I can function properly.  I've decided to use this time to ring each and every one of you during this time period to ask you about a range of things.  For example:
  • What would help you contribute to the life and work of our CLP?
  • What issues need to be raised at either a local or national level?
  • …and others that I haven't thought through yet!
So, be ready for the call!  If you'd rather not hear from me, please do let me know.
 
Anna Isaac
Women’s Officer
South Lakes Labour
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#3 The Blogging Roses

I'm currently listening to 'Any Questions' and realising just how far the Labour Party has to go to ensure equality of female representation.  Despite that, I’m enthused that South Lakes...

Hello again.  Since launching the blog I’ve had contact with some of you and most were keen to meet up.  As you’ve no doubt heard, things are on hold meeting-wise until after the leadership election.  This will conclude at the annual conference in September 2016.  As a result, I am offering dates for us to meet between the 20th October 2016 and 3rd November 2016.
 
There are lots of things that we need to discuss, including what we see as the priorities for women in South Lakeland.  I’m keen to hear from as many people as possible, so can I ask you to do one of the following:
  • If you would like to meet up:  e-mail me on thebloggingroses@gmail.com with an idea of what time and date it would be most convenient for us to meet and also where you live.
  • If you can’t commit to meeting up but want to contribute please email me (thebloggingroses@gmail.com) and I’ll let you have all the information by e-mail so that you can contribute. 
I’ll eventually provide a resume of what everyone has said and post it on the blog, along with ideas for next steps.
 
For those of you who are new to this blog, my name is Anna and I’m the recently appointed Women’s Office for South Lakes Labour.  Like most women who take on things, I’m too busy to do so but it’s an important task and I’m keen to do my bit.
 
The name of the blog (The Blogging Roses) is a tribute to Jo Cox.  Her tragic death reminded so many of us of the vital contribution women make to political life and so this blog will hopefully be a small but lasting reminder of not only what she achieved, but also the way she achieved it.  I hope we can pledge to listen to each other, respect each other and be determined to achieve the things that we know are important to our communities. 
 
Many individuals, communities and organisations chose the symbol of red and white roses to remember Jo (red for the Labour Party, white for Yorkshire) and so our emblem is a red and white rose.
 
Finally, if you are free to come to Liverpool on the 24th September this year, that’s the date of the National Women’s Conference.  Several of us are hoping to meet up so please do apply to come.  There is a crèche but spaces need to be booked ASAP.
 
Hope to hear from you soon.
Anna Isaac
Women’s Officer
South Lakes Labour
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#2 The Blogging Roses

Hello again.  Since launching the blog I’ve had contact with some of you and most were keen to meet up.  As you’ve no doubt heard, things are on hold meeting-wise...

South Lakes Labour would like to welcome you to our brand new women's blog.  The aim? To help women to get to know each other and get their perspective on the things that is important to us - both national and local.  My name is Anna and I'm the recently appointed Women's Officer for the CLP.  This is very much a 'suck it and see' adventure for me.   Like so many women I have too many plates spinning and shouldn't really take any more on.  I should probably spend more time with my feet up eating chocolate or, according to the scales, not eating chocolate (can we have a ban on scales please, but not on chocolate) - however, this means a lot to me.

 

Like many other people I have been reminded of the vital contribution women make to political life.  This was highlighted by the memories people have shared following the tragic death of Jo Cox.  Roses have been chosen by many individuals and organisations as a way of remembering her (a red rose for Labour and a white rose for Yorkshire) and this has influenced the choice of name for this blog.  I hope it will be, albeit a small but hopefully living tribute to her, not only in what she achieved, but in the way she achieved it.  I hope we can pledge to listen to each other, respect each other and be determined to achieve the things which we know are important to our communities.

 

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There’s a number of ways you can contribute.  You can use the comments section below to let me know what you think or you can drop me an e-mail (thebloggingroses@gmail.com) with some of your ideas.  I’ll do my best to respond to everyone!  I also encourage you to share a link to the blog on social media to generate discussion.

 

Also, coming soon(ish!)… The result of the Women's Questionnaire and hopefully an update from the National Women's Conference (well, I've applied to go but believe me the online application is best done with a large gin and tonic and one of those doodah that stop you grinding your teeth, but there is still time, do apply to come).  It's in Liverpool this year, 24th September.  Google Labour National Women's Conference 2016 and you'll find it.  Maybe a group of us could meet up?

 

I suppose, before I go, I should mention the elephant in the room at the moment - the confusion about Brexit and the situation in the Labour Party – indeed most political parties.  On the former, well, I'm confused too, and on the latter I am, like many others, deeply concerned.  I re-joined the Labour Party just after the last election and prior to the leadership contest.  For several years I had been disaffected with both politics and politicians.  My own personal battles left me aghast by a system that seems unable to respond to the urgent needs of some of our communities. 

However, we need an effective opposition and so I returned to the party that most reflected my personal values and concerns.  I’ve found a CLP who have worked hard for many years to keep the principles I aspire to alive, when all I did was moan.  Hence I volunteered and hence this blog is designed as a way of helping as many women as possible contribute and feel part of our local and national scene.  

Anna Jones
Women's Officer
South Lakes Labour

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