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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Dear all,

Apologies for lack of updates... but there's been nothing to say... except that the wait to access the justice system on your behalf seems interminable. I have been very busy with work (which is a good thing and saw off my horrendous overdraft) and my kids are home from uni atm. I love my kids but they are So Messy.

There really isn't much to update... as we still haven't filed the case. I am withholding any further funding to the solicitors until we do because it's taking too long.

I am told we are nearly there but it has seemed like we are 'nearly there' for months now. I have, today, told them I want a timetable of action by return and I will publish it when they reply.

Fund is gathering interest nicely, see attached photos of the Santander account. It's one of my personal accounts and I still have to use it personally every now and then: but any of my money goes straight in and straight out as you can see:

Best wishes, and thanks to each and every one of you. xxx
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Dear all,

The paperwork for our case is being printed off now, and will shortly be filed, by our solicitors: Bhogal and Partners with the courts.

The case is... huge. It includes the grounds for the case, my witness statement, details about you and our crowdfunding, details about the actions of the Labour party... including my expulsion (which, we believe, is connected to this crowdfunder).

Then there are all the exhibits... from many of you who wrote to Labour to resign over self-id in frustration and disappointment with the party's stance. The case is comprehensive, easy to follow and very well-argued, imo, thanks to our brilliant barrister, Amanda Jones. Her work is exceptional.

This is an excerpt from the 'grounds' which sets out our claim.
"1. All Women Shortlists (“AWS”) for the selection of candidates to stand for election on behalf of a political party are permitted as an exception to prohibitions on sex discrimination in the Equality Act 2010.

"2. This case considers whether it is lawful for a political party to include in an AWS party members who are not legally women but who ‘self-identify’ as such.

"The Parties
3. The Claimant was an active member of the Labour Party (“LP”). The workings of the LP is governed by the Labour Party Rule Book, most recently the 2018 edition (“the Rules”).

"4. The Rules and guidance issued by the National Executive Committee of the LP determine the procedures for the selection of candidates to stand on behalf of the LP in elections for public office."

I have also added a photo of part of my witness statement.

I will update you as soon as the court are in receipt of our claim and, of course, during each stage of the case. We did it! We did it together. Well done all... now let's go get 'em.

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Solicitor's Invoice and Crowdfunder bank statement feb 2018
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Dear all,

Yesterday I was in touch with both Solicitors and Counsel. We are about to enter the ring.
I can now tell you that the detailed application to take the Labour party to court (for breaking the law on All-Women Shortlists) is fully prepared and needs only careful reviewing.
We are to receive this statement and attachments by Tuesday, along with the grounds of application to the High Court.
Once both the Solicitors and me and other women comrades have reviewed it, we will be filing it to the High Court.
We will let you all know as soon as that happens, and I'll give out as much information as the Solicitors and Counsel advise.
This is a long process as there are many legal hoops that you have to jump through before you can get to the High Court: but now it's happening.

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