Political Parties

Once you have decided you want to run for Parliament, unless you are standing as an independent, you will need to join a political party. Most parties have structures in place to support female candidates. Here is an alphabetical selection of the main ones.

CONSERVATIVES   Have you been inspired by the General Election to stand for public office? The next election may be 5 years away but the Conservative Party still need excellent candidates to stand for other elections in the next few years, including:  ·      London, Welsh and Scottish Assemblies ·      Councils - both at local and County level ·      European Parliament We organise a programme of affordable, professional workshops designed to help individuals with both their personal and political development.    CWO Development Brochure

CONSERVATIVES

 

Have you been inspired by the General Election to stand for public office? The next election may be 5 years away but the Conservative Party still need excellent candidates to stand for other elections in the next few years, including: 

·      London, Welsh and Scottish Assemblies

·      Councils - both at local and County level

·      European Parliament

We organise a programme of affordable, professional workshops designed to help individuals with both their personal and political development.    CWO Development Brochure

GREEN PARTY Green Party Women is a subgroup of the Green Party of England & Wales. The group aims to make links between the party and women's groups and organisations nationally and internationally, to promote the women-friendly policies and approach of the party, and to work generally to promote women's rights. Green Party Women welcomes all Green Party members, of all genders and none, to join our group. Please email: women@greenparty.org.uk to be added to the e-list.

GREEN PARTY

Green Party Women is a subgroup of the Green Party of England & Wales. The group aims to make links between the party and women's groups and organisations nationally and internationally, to promote the women-friendly policies and approach of the party, and to work generally to promote women's rights.

Green Party Women welcomes all Green Party members, of all genders and none, to join our group. Please email: women@greenparty.org.uk to be added to the e-list.

Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party. Labour Women’s Network was founded in 1988 by four Labour women: Barbara Follett, Barbara Roche, Hilary De Lyon and Jean Black. They wanted to change the Labour Party and get more women into Parliament as Labour MPs. LWN played a key role in the campaign for positive action to get more women selected as Labour candidates in winnable seats. When LWN was founded, fewer than 10% of Labour MPs were women. Women now make up a third of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Click here to find out more about the history of Labour Women’s Network and women in the Labour Party. LWN wants to see 50:50 equal representation at every level of the Labour Party – in Parliament, in Europe, in the devolved nations and in local government. And we want to see equal representation and an equal voice for women within the Labour Party – from local constituency committees to the shadow cabinet table. That’s why we campaign for change within the Party, and why we provide top-quality training for women who want to stand for Parliament, or get more politically active. Click here to find out more about our training. LWN is a voluntary group funded entirely by our members and supporters. Do you want to see equal representation of women in the Labour Party too? Then join us now as a member or a supporter.

Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party.

Labour Women’s Network was founded in 1988 by four Labour women: Barbara Follett, Barbara Roche, Hilary De Lyon and Jean Black. They wanted to change the Labour Party and get more women into Parliament as Labour MPs.


LWN played a key role in the campaign for positive action to get more women selected as Labour candidates in winnable seats.

When LWN was founded, fewer than 10% of Labour MPs were women. Women now make up a third of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Click here to find out more about the history of Labour Women’s Network and women in the Labour Party.

LWN wants to see 50:50 equal representation at every level of the Labour Party – in Parliament, in Europe, in the devolved nations and in local government. And we want to see equal representation and an equal voice for women within the Labour Party – from local constituency committees to the shadow cabinet table.

That’s why we campaign for change within the Party, and why we provide top-quality training for women who want to stand for Parliament, or get more politically active.

Click here to find out more about our training.

LWN is a voluntary group funded entirely by our members and supporters.

Do you want to see equal representation of women in the Labour Party too?

Then join us now as a member or a supporter.

We extend an invitation to female members of Plaid to also become members of the Women's Section (there is no extra charge), and to contribute ideas on further priorities for 2014-2015. (Cannot see any specific training for women in Plaid.)

We extend an invitation to female members of Plaid to also become members of the Women's Section (there is no extra charge), and to contribute ideas on further priorities for 2014-2015. (Cannot see any specific training for women in Plaid.)

The SNP currently have a female leader and a gender balanced cabinet. Though its not easy to see on their website how they specifically support women interested in getting elected they do seem to have something called the SNP Womens Academy, mentioned here. They also have a Women's Conference. This is the page to get involved with the party. 

The SNP currently have a female leader and a gender balanced cabinet. Though its not easy to see on their website how they specifically support women interested in getting elected they do seem to have something called the SNP Womens Academy, mentioned here. They also have a Women's Conference. This is the page to get involved with the party. 

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT WOMEN "Liberal Democrat Women, holding firmly to the philosophy and objectives of the Liberal Democrats and to the vision of a fair, free and open society, oppose all entrenched forms of privilege and reject all prejudice and discrimination wherever it is found. In particular we are pledged to eliminate all inequality based upon gender." Liberal Democrat Women Constitution, June 2013 What Does LDW Stand for: Electoral reform which includes Proportional Representation, Selection procedure that consider all spheres and not just their (paid) working career, Reform and simplification of the Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination legislation to bring it closer to reality, Removal of all discrimination on grounds of sex or marital status in taxation, pensions and social security benefits, Fair opportunities for training and retraining for all - in work and seeking work, All measures which assist BOTH men and women to move effectively to and from domestic, public and working life as their circumstances require, Education of girls and boys to encourage them both to exercise their rights and share their responsibilities as citizens and parents, The incorporation of a Bill of Rights in British Law as a necessary protection of the rights of the individual against state infringements and erosion.

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT WOMEN

"Liberal Democrat Women, holding firmly to the philosophy and objectives of the Liberal Democrats and to the vision of a fair, free and open society, oppose all entrenched forms of privilege and reject all prejudice and discrimination wherever it is found. In particular we are pledged to eliminate all inequality based upon gender." Liberal Democrat Women Constitution, June 2013

What Does LDW Stand for:

Electoral reform which includes Proportional Representation,

Selection procedure that consider all spheres and not just their (paid) working career,

Reform and simplification of the Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination legislation to bring it closer to reality,

Removal of all discrimination on grounds of sex or marital status in taxation, pensions and social security benefits,

Fair opportunities for training and retraining for all - in work and seeking work,

All measures which assist BOTH men and women to move effectively to and from domestic, public and working life as their circumstances require,

Education of girls and boys to encourage them both to exercise their rights and share their responsibilities as citizens and parents,

The incorporation of a Bill of Rights in British Law as a necessary protection of the rights of the individual against state infringements and erosion.

UKIP have several elected representatives in local councils, the Euro parliament and one MP. There doesn't seem to be specific training for women and our enquiries direct to them on the topic have elicited no response. 

UKIP have several elected representatives in local councils, the Euro parliament and one MP. There doesn't seem to be specific training for women and our enquiries direct to them on the topic have elicited no response. 

WOMENS EQUALITY PARTY.  The Women’s Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish. Equality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself.

WOMENS EQUALITY PARTY. 

The Women’s Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men so that all can flourish.

Equality for women isn’t a women’s issue. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself.