FWN News

  • Corby trip – on Saturday 3rd November FWN will going to Corby to help with the by-election campaign. All welcome to join us!
  • Fabian women’s drinks – the first of what will be regular informal networking/socialising drinks is on Friday 9th November 6-8pm at the Roebuck, Great Dover Street. Hope to see you there.
  • Policy review event with Jon Cruddas MP, – 27 November – a great opportunity to find out about Labour’s policy review process and feed in your ideas. We’ll be sending out a policy discussion paper this week, but see below for details on how to sign up for the event.
  • Croydon North by-election – campaign day 24th November
  • Building the care for universal childcare – 5th February 2013 with Sharon Hodgson MP, shadow minister for Children and Families


Corby by-election campaign day

FWN is joining Labour’s candidate for the Corby by-election, Andy Sawford, on Saturday 3rd November. For those of you who are in London, we will be catching the 11am train from Kings Cross St Pancras. We will be taking the 4.17 train back from Corby, but of course feel free to leave at a different time.

Corby is only one hour away and it would be fantastic if you could join us on the campaign trail. We have a strong change of taking the seat from the Tories and it’s crucial that we fight hard to ensure we do, to give the people of Corby a voice in Parliament that will stand up for them against the government’s disastrous policies. If you could let us know if you’re planning to come it would be helpful so we can look out for you, and let the campaign team know how many to expect.

Fabian Women’s drinks

9th November, 6-8pm The Roebuck, Great Dover Street

FWN members Sarah Hutchinson and Carolina Gasparoli will be organising regular informal drinks to give members the chance to meet new and old friends, and provide the opportunity to network with the incredible women in the organisation. We’ll be inviting women from other women’s/feminist groups to give you the opportunity to meet a wide range of women and find out about what’s happening around London.

The first drinks will be held between 6 and 8pm on Friday 9th November, and we will arrange a regular day after the first event. We will be meeting at The Roebuck, 50 Great Dover Street, SE1 4YG http://www.theroebuck.net/ The nearest tube station is Borough.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP. We’re aware that not all members are based in London – while it is difficult for us to arrange something elsewhere ourselves, we would be very happy to support any members of the network who wanted to arrange something similar, or a local group, where they lived. Just get in touch if you’d like to discuss this.

Croydon North by-election – campaign day 24th November

Following the sad death of Malcolm Wicks MP, a by-election is being held in Croydon North. FWN will be arranging a campaign trip to the constituency on 24th November. We’ll send more details once the election has been announced, but for now, save the date!

Fabian Women’s Network meeting with Jon Cruddas MP to discuss the policy review

FWN will be meeting with Jon Cruddas MP, who is overseeing the Labour Party’s policy review. The event will be held 6-7pm on the 27th November, in committee room 17 in Parliament.

The discussion at the meeting will be used as the basis for a Fabian Women’s Network submission to the policy review. We will shortly send around a discussion document to guide the discussion, highlighting five key areas, and it would be great if attendees could consider what contributions they would like to make in advance, so we can hear from as many women as possible during the event. We would also be very happy to receive written suggestions from members to feed into our submission.

Places at the event are very limited due to room restrictions, so if you are interested in attending, please let us know.

Building the care for universal childcare: save the date

On 5th February, FWN will be hosting an event on childcare, bringing together a host of organisations working on or in childcare, as well as parliamentarians and FWN members. Sharon Hodgson MP, shadow minister of State for Children and Families, who is taking a leading role on childcare for the policy review, will be speaking. Other speakers will be confirmed nearer the time.

The event will be held in Parliament. Spaces are limited, so please email us if you would like to attend.