The Parliament Project 

The Parliament Project is a non-partisan project to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK. We run workshops and webinars to demystify the process for getting involved in politics, run online peer support circles to support women's political ambitions. Active across England and Scotland, over 1,000 women have attended our workshops in the last year. We are creating a groundswell of women entering political parties, pressing those parties to change and ultimately to achieve 51% female representation in all levels of politics.


Our Impact


women attending our workshops

Women attend our workshops for many reasons, either to find out how to join a party, navigate the party political system, how to stand or to get the final inspiration to go for it.  


Cities across the UK

Locations of previous workshops: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester, Chester, Sheffield, Wigan, Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool, Lincoln, London and Exeter.


POlitical parties

We have hosted speakers from the SNP, Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Womens Equality Party. 

Get Ready to stand! webinar series

Are you ready to take your next political step? Have you found it hard to come to one of our workshops? Now we are offering help online. You can hear from more women in politics through a series of webinars in our Get Ready to Stand! series which build on our workshops and are focused on practical aspects of becoming a politician. Women MPs, MSPs and Councillors from across the political spectrum shared their experiences and answered questions in our digital surgeries.   If you didn't manage to participate in the webinars, don't worry, you can view them here.

The first of 4 webinars in our Get Ready to Stand! series focused on the theme My Mission: Why Politics? Gillian Martin, the SNP’s Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeenshire East and Rachel VarleyConservative Councillor for Bingley Town Council shared their experiences of getting into politics.

Webinar one 'Why Politics, My Mission'. Speaker Gillian Martin, SNP MSP Aberdeenshire East

Webinar one: 'Why Politics, My Mission'. Speaker Rachel Varley, Conservative Bradford

The second of 4 webinars in our Get Ready to Stand! series focused on the theme Where & When to Run. Conservative Councillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council and Liverpool Mayoral Candidate for the Women’s Equality Party Tabitha Morton share their experiences of how they decided to run and what tips that have for you. 

Conservative Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council talks about where and when to stand

Tabitha Morton, Women's Equality Party candidate for Liverpool Mayor talks about where and when to stand

Number 3 in our Get Ready to Stand! series. This is a digital surgery around the theme Building a Team.  Claire MillerScottish Greens Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre and Preet Kaur GillLabour (Co-op) MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston shared their experiences of working with others to achieve their political goals. 

Preet Gill MP speaks about how to build a team

Cllr Claire Miller of The Scottish Green Party talks about How to Build a Team

The fourth and final webinar in our series saw Seyi Akiwowo, Former Labour Councillor for Newham and Founder of Glitch!UK and Louise HaighLabour MP for Sheffield, Heeley share their experiences of Public Presence and Resilience.  

Funding: we are grateful to be recipients of funding from The Joesph Rowntree Reform Trust, ROSA UK Fund for Women, The Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme and Authentic Living Ltd. 

Your donations, no matter how small, can really make a difference to our work. £300 would fund a workshop, £200 would go towards a webinar series, £100 would help us print materials for workshops. Please donate through PayPal.

If you would like to discuss the Parliament Project, our plans for the future or how you can help, please email us on