To all the women who are thinking, or even maybe considering, running for City Council in 2019.
Anna Lee and Erica Lewis are running a Labour Womens' Network Training Event in Morecambe (venue to be confirmed) from 12-2 on Sunday 26th November.
I will also be participating in my role as sitting City Councillor/Womens' Officer.
Please RSVP to Anna Lee at Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour.
As women's participation is getting less and less, it is really important that we find the right women to stand for our Council.
A recent Fawcett Society report highlighted that progress towards equal representation in local government has stalled. In the last 20 years, women's representation in local government has only increased by 5 percentage points - from 28% to 33%. Much slower progress than is being made in parliament.
Applications to be a city councillor are currently open, but so far we are receiving 7 applications from men, for every 1 application from a woman. The party has measures to make ensure our candidates are not all men, but we need women to apply to be candidates before we can select them.
Research tells us that women need to be asked more often before they agree to run, and are less likely to believe they have the skills to be a councillor. Therefore, we are inviting all women members to join us for cake and a discussion with councillors and campaigners to display some myths about what it takes to be a candidate and a councillor and to explain how you'll be supported when you run.
We'll hear from:
Erica Lewis - County Councillor and LWN (Labour Women's Network) Trainer
Claire Cozler - City Councillor and Morecambe and Lunesdale Women's officer.
Lucy Atkinson - City Councillor
Anna Lee - Lancaster Labour Campaign Forum Chair