Keep All-Women Shortlists Female!

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Comrades, we are a group of Labour women who want to ensure all-women shortlists (AWS) remain reserved for females and that women's representation in the party increases. We believe that the election of self-identifying transwomen as women's officers and their inclusion on all-women shortlists is reducing and undermining female representation in the Labour party.

We are absolutely committed to trans people, as a marginalised group, living free from discrimination and violence: we need trans representatives, trans councillors and trans MPs in our party. We are socialists and we are egalitarians. However, trans representation must not happen at the expense of female candidates and we are furious that we are having to fight another battle for women's representation, just 100 years after the suffragette victories.

We have been advised that a legal challenge to the Labour party on this could be winnable. The party has recently allowed males to be elected as women's officers and males to be selected over females in all-woman MP candidate selections. This has happened because Labour, in practice, has started to define 'women' by sex AND by self-identification. Labour is now relying on these two antithetical definitions of 'woman' to choose candidates which is the cause of this conflict of interests. We need a resolution.

Self-identification does not define men as women, in law or in fact. Labour conference has neither agreed nor even debated self-id or rule changes to the Labour party's AWS selection process. Women, as a marginalised group, are entitled to AWS under Equality Act 2010 exemptions. Trans people who have had gender reassigment are also, rightly, protected as a group under the act but men who simply self-id as women are not. Only party members can change party rules, not its MPs, not its general secretary and not its paid bureaucrats.

As socialists we understand class analysis and we know the most meaningful way to classify women is by sex. Women are classified as second class citizens because of our biology. None of us can keep our sex a secret and if we could there would be no pay gap and no #MeToo. Whereas no one can tell what another person's gender identity is (if they even have one) just by looking at them. Sex, along with poverty, age, disability and race, is one of the major oppressive hierarchies in the world today. Women's biology has always the basis for our oppression worldwide BY MEN. Feminism is defined as the movement to liberate all women from sex-based oppression.

Self-id also impacts on lesbians and gay men who, by definition, are not homogenderists but homosexuals. Lesbians and gays are currently afforded legal, sex-based  protections from discrimination and these are already being diluted by self-id. We believe gender is a manmade, toxic set of stereotypes, used to restrict men and women and we want to see it abolished, not codified into law. We support all gender non-conforming people: be they lesbian, gay or trans. Feminists have always been the vanguard of the fight for people to live their lives in a gender non-conforming way and will continue to do so - but never at the expense of women's rights and representation.

We do not classify people based on a set of gendered ideals by which most will fail: the superficial markers of clothing, hairstyles and make-up... or by body type, weight, or perceived femininity or masculinity. We do not assess people's worth by the way they look or speak - women and men succeed as women and men simply by being. The same is true for girls and boys. All girls are acceptable as girls and all boys are acceptable as boys, however they dress, look or behave. We condemn the medicalisation of pre-pubescent kids who are encouraged to take puberty blockers if they play with the 'wrong' toys or want to wear the 'wrong' clothes. Conservatives see a boy in a dress and want to change the outfit, liberals see the dress as fine but want to change the kid's body. Socialist feminists want kids to be kids and wear what tf they want.

Every penny of the money we raise will go entirely on our legal funds, we will produce all our bank statements, legal bills and legal updates and upload to this site. We want our donors to make the decisions on how to move forward and we will crowdfund direction as well as money. We will follow where you lead, and will keep in regular contact by email, so we can democratically decide how we do this, what we want to achieve, how we go about it and who we employ to act on our behalf.

Your support will mean a great deal to women, it will mean there are people who care, who have not forgotten them. It will mean they are not politically homeless: we stand with them.

 Please do not give more than you can really afford, it's not necessary...  and don't feel you have to donate - your support and your help in sharing the crowdfunder is enough and IS appreciated.

Any left-over funds will go to fight against self-id, against the medicalisation of children and to keep women's spaces female-only, specifically: women's hospital wards, gyny screening, prisons, domestic violence shelters, changing rooms, saunas, spas, sleeper train carriages, scholarships, quotas and national and international women's sports.

We all know that only the Labour party has the best interests of women at heart. Please help us to overturn the decisions of the party liberals, weather vanes and bureaucrats to prove this is the case. Self-id is a tory manifesto policy for heaven's sakes... which gives us all an idea of just how bad an idea it is.

Your solidarity is appreciated and ours is eternal.

Jennifer James           Garston and Halewood CLP
Dr. Viv Pointon            Stone CLP
Emma Salmon              Bexhill and Battle CLP
Suzanne Weaver        Stroud CLP
Pilgrim Tucker              Vauxhall CLP
Christine Bayliss        Bexhill and Battle CLP
Miranda Yardley        Southend West CLP
Samantha Marshall-Cameron.    Sheffield Central CLP
Debra Atkinson         Chesterfield CLP
Alice Bondi                    Women's Officer Penrith and the Border CLP
Karen Kruzycka         Romford CLP
Avril Moussalli            Altrincham & Sale West CLP
Jan Oliver                      Enfield North CLP
Toni Morris                   Vauxhall CLP
Jacky Holyoake         Halesowen and Rowley Regis CLP
Matesa McKeefery  Rossendale and Darwen CLP
Eleanor Hill                   Cardiff West CLP
Bronwen Davies        Cardiff North CLP
Emma Aynsley             Cardiff Central CLP
Susan Matthews        Dulwich and West Norwood CLP
Catherine Costello   Hartlepool CLP
Jessica Budynkiewicz    Bournemouth East CLP
Rachel King                   Moseley and Kings Heath CLP
Claire Jones                  Leeds North West CLP
Chinzia Ogilvie            Portsmouth South CLP
Dinah Stubbs                Islington South CLP
Sian Henry                     Watford CLP
Liz Vickers                      Winchester CLP
Barbara Ulargiu          Bermondsey & Old Southwark CLP
Stacey Charlesworth    Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP
Rebecca Heath            Brent CLP
Debra Halliday            Huddersfield CLP
Cátia Freitas                 Esher and Walton CLP
Liz Hemingway            Knowsley North CLP
Emma Thomas             Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP
Cherry Austin               North Herefordshire CLP
Shelley Charlesworth     Islington North CLP
Stephanie Shelford     Lewisham Deptford CLP
Dr Lesley Semmens    Bradford West
Abigail Wyatt                  St Ives and Penzance CLP
Louise Paine                     St Ives CLP
Mandy Moore                Canterbury CLP
Karen Ingala Smith       Walthamstow CLP
Susi Wisniewski             Warwick & Leamington CLP
Penny O'Donnell          Gedling CLP
Phoebe Alexander        Middlesbrough and South East Cleveland CLP
Paula Boulton                 Corby and East Northants CLP

And Our Male Allies:
Michael Murphy           Tiverton & Honiton CLP
Christopher Goldie     Bury North CLP
Michael Weaver            Stroud CLP
Lee Holland                      Newport West CLP
Mark Wisniewski          Warwick and Leamington CLP
Ken Stringer                    Telford CLP
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For: Feb, Mar, April 2018

Please find copies of bank statements. Note payments to solicitors are listed as to 'Bhogal Partners'. We have already had £40 ish paid to us in interest on the fund which is a bonus. To ensure interest is paid on your money, the account needs to have 2 dds going out, I pay £58 in myself to keep two of my personal direct debits going out each month (gas and labour party (!) plus I pay the £5 Santander account fee).

I will publish these every three months, so next one will be at end of July.

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I'm very sorry to report, today, that there has been an event which may undermine our case. The solicitors advised us against publishing any legal correspondence between us and the Labour party.

Unfortunately, one of the women who was party to this information, in our gender critical circle, has leaked it and its now on Facebook. We don't know who leaked it or why, no one is admitting to it, we only know it was leaked. It's done now and cannot be undone so we will just have to go forward. This is not good. It means we have shown our hand to all and this may help the Labour party.

Suffice to say I will not be sharing any of the upcoming court case's legal stuff with anyone from now on. There will be complete confidentiality between me and the lawyers. I take full responsibility for this leak, I clearly failed to vet properly those I were included on the email list the letter was sent to.

I can only sincerely apologise to you all, events have shown I wasn't careful enough. But I promise that this will NEVER happen again. I will learn from this and hope to do better.
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Time to ramp it up.

We need something from you and are calling to courage. Your lawyers are working hard to hit the Labour party with a court challenge. I will update you on that as soon as we strike. We will overturn the Labour party's nonsensical stance that quotas for underrepresented groups should be INCLUSIVE of overrepresented groups.

Yesterday it was announced by our Labour comrades, friends and sisters @mayday4women that 300 women are, understandably, resigning over the party's undemocratic, short-sighted stance on self-id. We applaud, welcome and support their activism as they choose to battle self-id from outside the Labour party. We are united in our cause.

Our plan, however, is to battle it from the inside. Fighting on two fronts, as it were. To this end we are preparing to release a statement from the women who staying in the Labour party. It is our party and we the members will decide its policy. We, the members, will decide on policy democratically. The debate and the majority's decision on self-id will not be swerved. It is a difficult conversation to have but we will have it and it will be had in a respectful and comradely manner.

I cannot go into the details publicly, but if you are a Labour party member who is willing to have her name and CLP published we need to hear from you please get in touch. If you approve of the letter's content and wish to sign, your name and CLP will be published at its end, with ours.

This will be published everywhere so we ask those who concerned about their anonymity to consider carefully before signing if they are not already 'out' on this. Visible support for self-id can have uncomfortable social, political or professional consequences. It's OK for me as I am self-employed (my employer is totally on board) but we are all in different situations.

The letter will express our position, call for action and be going to the national press shortly. If you feel able to be named and included please contact me. I am on twitter @msjenniferjames tweet me for follow back and DM or email me at I will pass you on to the organisers of this next push.


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UPDATE: We have, finally, had a response from the Labour party regarding their position on AWS. I'm afraid the news is disappointing.

Our solicitors are now preparing to take the party to court on our instructions, for flouting the law on AWS sex-based exemptions. This is our official statement:

We are now 3 months in to the crowdfunder. The legal process is interminably slow but that cannot be helped..

Also... we will publish crowdfunder bank statements on an update in the next couple of days, for the purposes of transparency and accountability. This is your money and your fight: we just rattle the tin.

We keep going.
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