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National Annual Women's Conference

WCAC Statements & Nominations

Women's Conference Arrangements Committee Elections

This year’s National Annual Women’s Conference will see the election of the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee which is made up of six members, three representing CLPs and three representing affiliated trade unions. You will find details of the positions below.

WCAC CLP Representatives x3
  • must have at least 12 months continuous membership.
  • nominated by at least five CLPs/Women’s Branches
  • elected by all CLP delegates to National Annual Women’s Conference.
  • 2 year term.

The following people have been successfully nominated and ill go forward to the ballot held at this years National Annual Women’s Conference.

ARRINDELL Gillian

ATKINSON Yvonne

BHARTWAS Tina

CLARK Teresa

CROCKER Jean

MIRWITCH Miriam

NORGROVE Selina

WCAC Trade Union Representatives x3
  • must have at least 12 months continuous membership.
  • nominated by at least one affiliated trade union
  • elected by all trade union delegates to National Annual Women’s Conference
  • 2 year term.

The following candidates for election to the WCAC Trade Union Representatives have been elected unopposed.

DEAN Anne

STILL Joyce

WAINRIGHT Tracey

 


Women’s Conference Arrangement’s Committee – CLP Representative Statements

Gillian Arrindell

Membership Number

L1478948

Candidate Statement

As Women’s Officer of my CLP for several years and now BAME Officer, I have sought to make our CLP more representative of women and to increase the diversity of our membership. I am a member of Disability Labour and of Unite the Union and my background is as a legal adviser.
As Women’s Officer I organised canvassing stalls, campaigns, discussion groups, election hustings, fundraisers to send more women to Women’s Conference, guest speakers and a political education workshop series, funded by the NEC, for Arabic speaking women in the constituency.
I have been very active in the local mutual aid organisation providing access to food, legal advice and interventions in cases of domestic violence.
I have been a committee member of Labour Women Leading and have chaired Black Lives Matter meetings for LWL and for my CLP. I initiated the process of changing our Women’s Forum to a Women’s Branch before becoming the BAME Officer.
As a CLP rep to the WCAC I would add to the diversity of the committee, make it more representative of members and strive to make Women’s Conference more relevant, representative and accessible.
Please also support Jean Crocker and Selina Norgrove.

 


Yvonne Atkinson

Membership Number

A402280

Candidate Statement

Labour is the only party that really represents women and I am delighted to put myself forward to help us shape the agenda topics and timetable for the Women’s conference.
I am a Devon County and Exeter City Councillor and CLP Treasurer . I was a candidate in the European elections. I have been active in the CLP’s women’s council for 12 years and am currently its secretary. In 2019 I and other Devon Labour women received NEC funding for a local women’s empowerment programme . We developed and delivered one programme. The next for SW Labour women starts in March. The aim is to give women confidence to put themselves forward for party and council positions.
I am the coordinator of a Devon wide campaigning feminist group. We established the Devon Rape Crisis and sexual abuse Services in 2011. I became the independent member for Devon on the newly formed Police and Crime Panel for 5 years before becoming a Labour Councillor. In those forums I have proactively campaigned for women’s rights locally and nationally. With 3 brothers I recognised that women did and still do not enjoy equal rights so have campaigned as an adult for women and girls in all areas of inequality . I continue to speak out on the Councils and in the CLP. I am a Council champion scrutinising violence against women and girls. As a mother of 2 women in their twenties I understand the issues they as well as older women face and the importance of intersectionality , – women of colour, with disabilities and LGBTQIA face different barriers to equality and these need to be recognised. I am a member of Community TU. Please vote for me Mirwich and Bhartwas

 


Tina Bhartwas

Membership Number

L1781355

Candidate Statement

I am a County Councillor in Hertfordshire, GMB member and womens campaigner. At a time when women are being disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to face the shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls it is more important than ever that issues affecting women must be at the heart of the next Labour Manifesto. As a domestic abuse survivor I know this all too well. Women’s Conference must be an opportunity for Labour women to engage, participate and share ideas in a safe and welcoming space for all. In order to achieve this we need a CAC that is dedicated to the smooth running of Women’s Conference, making sure it is accessible and effective – a real showcase of the passion and values of Labour women up and down the country. As a CLP Representative on the Women’s CAC I will ensure that members’ voices are heard in debates and policy outcomes. For a conference focussed on transforming the lives of women and policies we can take to the country vote for me, Mirwitch and Atkinson.

 


Teresa Clark

Membership Number

L1427287

Candidate Statement

Why me?
• Independent candidate, for ALL Labour women.
• Elected to first WCAC; almost ¼ million votes, 2019. Five years excellent partnership with WCAC staff, Tus, NEC sisters.
• Lifelong anti-racist, LGBT+ rights campaigner, internationalist, TU activist – supported by Labour Black Socialists; LILA, Labour International Left Alliance; Lewisham TUC.
• Working alongside National Women’s Committee – endorsed by Ekua Bayunu and Chloe Hopkins
WCAC wins, since elected 2017.
• Currently Chair; previously VC.
• Led Annual Women’s Conference (AWC) Telford 2019. Labour’s most diverse conference ever.
• Led online AWC2021, including carers previously excluded
• Full weekend/standalone conferences since 2018.
• Making national women’s policy – motions to overall conference (AC). Moved AWC2019 motion, migrant women’s rights, AC2019.
• Visited CLPs across regions/nations – from rural Wales to Essex towns.
• Introduced double delegate diversity rule – transformed AWC inclusion of women of colour, disabled, LBT+ women.
• Created AWC disability, youth working groups.
Priorities 2022-2024
• Visit CLPs in each region/nation – understand your priorities.
• Promote regional and equality strand events
• AWCs a safe space for ALL women – protect Telford wins. Bigotry mustn’t divide us.
• CLPs/TUs together, joint motions/fringe meetings.
• Inclusion – WCAC LBT+ and race equality working groups.
Wider experience
• President, PCS Education Group
• Secretary, WO, CLP.
• Full time campaigning 2017, 2019 elections

 


Jean Crocker

Membership Number

L1306356

Candidate Statement

Women’s Officer, main instigator Women’s Branch; branch secretary; On EC of CLPD; Labour Women Leading Committee; three years University and College Union NEC, long service for the precariously employed, many of them women.
CLP rep on Women’s CAC since 2017, working passionately for a democratic conference developed and contributed to by Labour women. I’ve answered members’ queries, listened to suggestions, visited CLPs, networked and campaigned.
Key gains: proper voting on motions; sending motions to Annual Labour Conference; delegations which encourage diversity; free space for CLP/affiliate fringes. As a disabled member, visited the 2019 venue with Disability Labour before Conference, and a consultative group on access continues.
I’ve gained a grasp of technical aspects of the role, and see ways to increase CLP participation. If re-elected I will press for:
• Grouping motions into broad topic areas, so more CLPs succeed in the priorities ballot and have their topic included in debate
• More explicit written guidance emphasising that delegates alone decide the wording of a composite motion
• Providing as much information as possible, ahead of time, about criteria determining whether motions and emergency motions are in order, so that members don’t waste their time
Please also support Gillian Arrindell and Selina Norgrove.

 


Miriam Mirwitch

Membership Number

L0120573

Candidate Statement

Women’s Conference is a highlight of my year. Getting together with our sisters and hearing ideas from across our nations shows some of the best of our movement.

I’m standing for Women’s CAC to ensure that our conference is diverse, engaging and fun. I want to use my experience of running events as the former national chair of Young Labour and chair of London Young Labour to support the CAC.

I’m currently Vice Chair (Membership) of Walthamstow CLP and Socialist Societies’ Rep on London Labour’s Regional Executive Committee. I’m Trade Union Officer for the Jewish Labour Movement and was a list candidate for Labour at the 2021 London Assembly elections.

It would be fantastic to have your support. Please also support Atkinson and Bhartwas.

 


Selina Elizabeth Norgrove

Membership Number

L1274567

Candidate Statement

I am an active member of my CLP/community through a variety of campaigns; also a borough councillor, active member of Unite and former chair of a county LCF.
During and since Covid, I have been involved in mutual aid groups and volunteer in a local food/support charity; most seeking help are women, and I am proud to act as their advocate and encourage them to find their voices. I also co-manage various social media groups for women.
The WCAC is important in ensuring women from the Party have a voice, especially with the impact of Covid and Tory policies. I want to ensure that a variety of women are involved with conference, so that we hear a range of views and experiences. Conference needs to be inclusive and as someone with a disability, if elected, I will work so that every woman is able to access it. I will also encourage democratic transparent processes and open lines of communication.
The policies presented to conference are important and should drive the Party’s direction. Ensuring members and trade unions play a full role in debate and discussion will be a priority for me.
Please also support Gillian Arrindell and Jean Crocker.

 

WCAC CLP Nominations
Candidate Name
CLPs
Gillian Arrindell
  • Altrincham and Sale West CLP
  • Battersea CLP
  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed CLP
  • Brecon and Radnorshire CLP
  • Brighton, Pavilion CLP
  • Calder Valley CLP
  • Camberwell and Peckham CLP
  • Chesham and Amersham CLP
  • Cities of London and Westminster CLP
  • Clwyd South CLP
  • Gateshead CLP
  • Glasgow Cathcart CLP
  • Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP
  • Islington North CLP
  • Kensington CLP
  • Leyton and Wanstead CLP
  • Liverpool Walton CLP
  • Mid Bedfordshire CLP
  • North Shropshire CLP
  • Richmond Park CLP
  • Rochford and Southend East CLP
  • Suffolk Coastal CLP
  • Sutton and Cheam CLP
  • Tewkesbury CLP
  • West Suffolk CLP
  • Worthing West CLP
Thirza Amina Asanga-Rae
  • Labour International
  • Lewisham West and Penge CLP
Yvonne Atkinson
  • Birmingham, Selly Oak CLP
  • Bridgwater and West Somerset CLP
  • Bristol West CLP
  • Enfield Southgate CLP
  • Exeter CLP
  • Finchley and Golders Green CLP
  • Hampstead and Kilburn CLP
  • Harrow East CLP
  • Harrow West CLP
  • Meriden CLP
  • North East Hertfordshire CLP
  • South Norfolk CLP
  • South West Hertfordshire CLP
Tina Bhartwas
  • Bermondsey and Old Southwark CLP
  • Birmingham, Selly Oak CLP
  • Bristol West CLP
  • Enfield Southgate CLP
  • Finchley and Golders Green CLP
  • Hampstead and Kilburn CLP
  • Harrow East CLP
  • Harrow West CLP
  • Meriden CLP
  • North East Hertfordshire CLP
  • Old Bexley and Sidcup CLP
  • South West Hertfordshire CLP
Teresa Clark
  • Aberconwy CLP
  • Brighton, Pavilion CLP
  • Hammersmith CLP
  • Labour International
  • Nottingham South CLP
  • Salford and Eccles CLP
  • South Norfolk CLP
  • Stourbridge CLP
  • Wallasey CLP
Jean Crocker
  • Altrincham and Sale West CLP
  • Battersea CLP
  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed CLP
  • Brecon and Radnorshire CLP
  • Brighton, Pavilion CLP
  • Calder Valley CLP
  • Camberwell and Peckham CLP
  • Chesham and Amersham CLP
  • Cities of London and Westminster CLP
  • Clwyd South CLP
  • Gateshead CLP
  • Glasgow Cathcart CLP
  • Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP
  • Hammersmith CLP
  • Islington North CLP
  • Kensington CLP
  • Leeds West CLP
  • Leyton and Wanstead CLP
  • Liverpool Walton CLP
  • Mid Bedfordshire CLP
  • North Shropshire CLP
  • Oxford East CLP
  • Oxford West and Abingdon CLP
  • Richmond Park CLP
  • Rochford and Southend East CLP
  • Stourbridge CLP
  • Suffolk Coastal CLP
  • Sutton and Cheam CLP
  • Tewkesbury CLP
  • West Suffolk CLP
  • Worthing West CLP
Anashua Davies
  • Lewisham West and Penge CLP
  • Old Bexley and Sidcup CLP
  • Orpington CLP
Rashida Islam
  • Oxford East CLP
  • Oxford West and Abingdon CLP
Chioma Mgbeokwere
  • Salford and Eccles CLP
Miriam Mirwitch
  • Bermondsey and Old Southwark CLP
  • Birmingham, Selly Oak CLP
  • Bridgwater and West Somerset CLP
  • Bristol West CLP
  • Enfield Southgate CLP
  • Finchley and Golders Green CLP
  • Hampstead and Kilburn CLP
  • Harrow East CLP
  • Harrow West CLP
  • Meriden CLP
  • North East Hertfordshire CLP
  • Old Bexley and Sidcup CLP
  • South West Hertfordshire CLP
Selina Norgrove
  • Altrincham and Sale West CLP
  • Battersea CLP
  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed CLP
  • Brecon and Radnorshire CLP
  • Broxbourne CLP
  • Calder Valley CLP
  • Camberwell and Peckham CLP
  • Chesham and Amersham CLP
  • Cities of London and Westminster CLP
  • Clwyd South CLP
  • Gateshead CLP
  • Glasgow Cathcart CLP
  • Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP
  • Islington North CLP
  • Kensington CLP
  • Leyton and Wanstead CLP
  • Liverpool Walton CLP
  • Mid Bedfordshire CLP
  • North Shropshire CLP
  • Oxford East CLP
  • Oxford West and Abingdon CLP
  • Richmond Park CLP
  • Rochford and Southend East CLP
  • South Norfolk CLP
  • Stourbridge CLP
  • Suffolk Coastal CLP
  • Sutton and Cheam CLP
  • Tewkesbury CLP
  • West Suffolk CLP
  • Worthing West CLP
Thirza Amina Asange Rae
  • Aberconwy CLP
Rachel Taggart-Ryan
  • Eltham CLP
Chantel Waring
  • Aberconwy CLP
  • Labour International
  • Lewisham West and Penge CLP
  • Wallasey CLP
Cecile Wright
  • Derby North CLP
WCAC Trade Union Nominations
Anne Dean
  • GMB
Joyce Still
  • Unite
Tracey Wainwright
  • Unison

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