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 hope to create a groundswell of women entering political parties, pressing them to adjust and change and ultimately to achieving 51% female representation in all levels of politics.

Is this the year that you decide to stand for election to your local Council, Community Council or get ready to stand as an MP or MSP? Sign up for one of our workshops or webinars below. #GetReadyToStand We are part funded by JRRT. Please donate to help us run more workshops. 




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.  The video for this will be up online here soon.

get ready to stand! Online Peer Support Circles

Running alongside the webinars we are offering further support through our new online peer support circles - think of it as digital bootcamp for those of you who are on the pathway to making political power a reality! Our Parliament Project consultants will facilitate you through a 6-session journey with a small group of peers supporting you to get ready to run. Hour-long sessions will build on the discussion and content of the webinars and create practical and safe spaces for you to connect with others and explore and plan your pathway.


The peer support circle programme is a deliberate and intentional space for your individual personal and political growth, using the power of peer connections, reflections and support. To participate you will want to be:

  • Motivated: You will be seriously considering running for political office and want to explore this further. It could be that you want to run at the next available opportunity or have a firm inkling it is something you want to prepare for at some point in your life.
  • Committed - to yourself and your peers. You will want to attend all of the peer sessions, approximately 1 per month and either attend or watch the webinar recordings. We estimate that to get the most out of the programme you will want to be able to spend a further 2 to 3 hours each week working your way on your political pathway.
  • Open To trying new things, to understanding and discussing the views of others, to receiving feedback and sharing your experiences with others.
  • Respectful Our work is cross-party, and we believe that bringing women together across political perspectives is a powerful benefit to supporting women into politics, circles will be open to women of all political parties, and none.

Dates - Circles will be 1 hour in length, all scheduled at lunchtimes on Thursdays and facilitated through the Zoom video conferencing platform. 

Circle 1: 8th February 2018            12.30-13.30

Circle 2: 15th February 2018          12.30-13.30

Circle 3: 8th March 2018                12.30-13.30

Circle 4: 22nd March 2018             12.30-13.30

Circle 5: 26th April 2018                 12.30-13.30

Circle 6: 24th May 2018                 12.30-13.30

All webinar sessions and coaching circles will be delivered via Zoom video conference. The peer coaching circles programme will also be supported by a Facebook closed group for everyone involved in the circles. 

The sessions are all provided free of charge thanks to a grant from the The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.  If you are interested in taking part in our next Peer Circle, please email 

If you have any questions or require further information to enable your participation please contact


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