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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!

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