This year's East Midlands Labour Women's Conference was held in Skegness on 27th January this year.
The welcome to Lincolnshire was given by Karen Lee MP for Lincoln who spoke about online abuse and the importance of female activism. This was followed by a panel discussion investigating how austerity disproportionately affects women.
After the regional board hustings there were the first set of breakout sessions. This year the fascinating topics were:
The Labour Party Democracy Review chaired by Catherine Atkinson from Ewewash CLP, who had her baby in tow, and Katy Clark the Political Secretary to Jeremy Corbyn and Lead on the Democracy Review.
Campaign Success and How to get heard
a) WASPI campaign lead by May Low
b) Women’s Aid campaign where Roxanne Ellis outlined the story behind the Women's Quilt which commemorates the 598 women killed by their (ex)partners between 2009 and 2015. The Women's Quilt was on display at conference.
c) The No More Page 3 Girl Campaign
Following the breakout sessions there was a report from the Regional Board by Merlita Bryan plus the Regional Board voting results. Congratulations to Nicolle Ndiweni and Kathy Salt who were elected to the Regional Board.
The interesting and worthwhile conference was then closed by Lillian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South. All in all a great day!
This year's East Midlands Labour Women's Conference was held in Skegness on 27th January this year. The welcome to Lincolnshire was given by Karen Lee MP for Lincoln who spoke...
Linda is currently our CLP Treasurer. She arrived in the Sleaford area age 9 with her RAF family and lived in Cranwell where her father worked as an NCO. At the time her mother was a school-dinner lady at Cranwell County Primary School which is where Linda went to school with her older sister Janet. When Linda was 11 she moved to Kesteven and Sleaford High School for Girls in the centre of Sleaford. Her father died while she was a pupil at the school so the family moved to Sleaford and lived in St Denys Avenue. Linda’s mum became a nurse at Rauceby Hospital. During her school holidays Linda worked on the land, at Padleys chicken factory and on the wards at Rauceby Hospital. She was also a Saturday girl at Woolworth’s.
Linda took A-levels at Grantham College for Further Education and then left home to study Physics at Lanchester Polytechnic, now called Coventry University. After getting her degree Linda worked in Research & Development in manufacturing industry including aerospace, textiles and semiconductors. She also spent some time living in Amsterdam where she worked for a major science publisher. On returning to the UK Linda studied for a Master’s Degree at Imperial College in London and after another stint in industry became a lecturer at London South Bank University where she spent fifteen years teaching Physics to Engineering students and designing and managing courses. During this time she was Co-Founder of the Women in Engineering Centre and a Governor and trade-union rep (NATFHE).
She married her husband Paul in St Denys Church in 1983. The Sleaford Standard’s account of the wedding was under the headline ‘Physicists marry’! Linda is now self-employed and works as a private tutor to adults. She’s also an actor, playwright and costume designer. These days her passion is directed towards the official WASPI Campaign that was set up to demand fair transitional arrangements for the 3.8 million women born in the 1950s who have had their state retirement pensions withheld for up to six years with very little or no notice. Other interests include politics, education, defence and the arts.
Linda returned to Sleaford in 2014 where she lives with her husband.
Linda is currently our CLP Treasurer. She arrived in the Sleaford area age 9 with her RAF family and lived in Cranwell where her father worked as an NCO. At...
The recent Constituency Labour Party All Members Meeting, held in Billinghay was a full and enthusiastic event. Alongside regular reports from various local officers, including the treasurer, media officer, and newly elected Elections Officer there were a number of positive and exciting discussions.
These included a look at the WASPI, Women Against State Pension Inequality, campaign ( http://www.waspi.co.uk/ ). Around 7,000 women in our constituency are affected by this and very little appears to be being done to address this. We will be looking at this ourselves as part of our forthcoming Women's Group and actively campaigning locally.
We also enjoyed a great discussion on conferences, including a report on the Women's Conference that was held in January, planning for the then forthcoming Regional Conference, and the annual national conference which will be held in Liverpool.
There was a unanimous agreement on our candidate for the forthcoming Sleaford Town Council by-election for Castle Ward and we all wish Linda Edwards-Shea the best of luck along with all our support throughout the campaign.
After accepting a cheque from the 100 Club towards CLP funds ( http://www.sleaford-hykeham-labour.org.uk/100_club_donation ), and discussing useful TED Talks we spent time addressing and accepting unanimously a motion regarding Brexit and the way in which Labour Nationwide could improve it's handling and direction for the benefit of the many, and not the few. A final document was approved and will be forwarded on to the national party.
After such a useful and full meeting we all headed off home planning for the next Branch meeting on the 19th March and the next CLP meeting on 9th April
The recent Constituency Labour Party All Members Meeting, held in Billinghay was a full and enthusiastic event. Alongside regular reports from various local officers, including the treasurer, media officer, and...