Anya Cook writes about how attending a Parliament Project event in Newcastle inspired her to go door knocking and a year later she is a candidate!
Conservative MP for Chichester and speaker at our last London workshop, Gillian Keegan shares her first 6 months in the job. "What’s it like when you finally make it to become an MP? Is it everything you thought it would be? I can categorically say NO….it is better than I ever imagined!
A busy Parliament Week 2017 saw us deliver workshops in Liverpool, Lincoln and at Bradford Women of the World festival. In the space of three days we heard the experiences of Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South, Paula Sherriff MP for Dewsbury and had the privilege of sharing a #Vote100 panel at Lincoln University with former Liberal Party parliamentary candidate and co-founder of The 300 Group Lesley Abdela, Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck and author of The Good Parliament report, playwright Hannah Davies, local MP Karen Lee and Dolly Theis, Conservative candidate and #AskHerToStand mentor from the 50:50 Parliament campaign.
I booked my tickets to WOW Festival in Exeter purely because I’d seen that there was a training session being run by the Parliament Project. Having spent the summer campaigning and canvassing, then attending Labour Conference in September, I really didn’t want to lose momentum and I felt in need of guidance.
Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat writes about being a candidate in the General election 2016. It has been a hectic time since the General Election was called. Here in St Albans, in the first two weeks, more than 300 volunteers signed up to help me with the campaign. Many are happy to help us with our ‘bread and butter’ campaigning – delivering leaflets and speaking to residents door to door. But many more have specialist skills as proof-readers, graphic designers, photographers and videographers. We also have people with cars who can make sure I am in the right place at the right time. Fighting elections really are a team effort.
Harini Iyengar, Women's Equality Party, wrirtes about being a candidate in the General Election 2017. I'm standing for election as the MP for Vauxhall for the Women's Equality Party. I'm neither a career politician nor a party apparatchik. I'm an activist for equality and my politics grow from peace, love, family and respect for Mother Earth.
Debra Pickering writes about being a Scottish Green Party candidate for Falkirk. "I’m Debra Pickering, originally from West Cumbria. The daughter of a shop worker and a miner and fully grounded in socialist principles. I have lived in Scotland for 20 years and in Falkirk for 12 of those. I live with my husband Alan and West Highland Terrier called Sookie. I have 2 grown up daughters and one recent granddaughter. I am a trained psychotherapist with particular interest and experience in the field of addictions.
Kirsty Finlayson is a trainee solicitor in the City of London and has lived in East London since 2015. She was inspired to stand for parliament when she worked for Anne Milton (former MP until parliament was dissolved). She writes about standing for election in the GE 2017.