Posts by: Beth


I’ve applied to be an MP candidate for Chingford & Woodford Green

I’ve just sent in my application to be considered for selection to be a Parliamentary candidate in Chingford & Woodford Green. Unfortunately I missed the process whereby Unite and Momentum chose their candidate to support, so would be especially grateful for any nominations I receive from branches and affiliated groups. Here’s my biography outlining why I think I would make a good MP. I am a committed socialist with experience of campaigning for women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, anti-austerity and animal welfare. I joined the Labour Party in December 2015 after being inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing policies. If I am selected to be an MP candidate for Chingford & Woodford Green, I will work extremely hard to be elected. I will listen to the needs and priorities of local people. If elected, I will vote in Parliament against austerity measures, for (re)nationalisation of public services (especially the NHS), for workers’ rights, and for justice and equality for all oppressed groups. I will be highly accessible and responsive to those I represent. I currently work as a full time Campaigner, heading up UK campaigns at the progressive social network Care2. In this role I deliver campaigns both online and offline (from writing petitions to organising demos). I work with individual members of the public on their campaigns (e.g. against local cuts to their services), as well as with national campaigning organisations (e.g. the TUC) on lobbying MPs and the Government. I often speak to journalists as an advocate for these campaigns. This gives me a thorough understanding of political activism and processes from the ground up, and knowledge of a broad range of issues, which I feel will make me an effective MP. I moved to London 13 months ago and am now the Women’s Officer for Tower Hamlets CLP....

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2017 MPs ranked on LGBT and abortion rights voting history

I made a spreadsheet to find the Tory MPs who’d voted the best for LGBT and abortion rights so we can lobby them against the DUP. Then realised it could be useful generally. So I added all the current post-2017 election MPs from all parties. I looked at four key LGBT rights votes and three key abortion rights votes: Equality act 2007 (we want them to vote aye) Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 (we want them to vote aye) Conscientious Objection From Registrars to Marrying Same Sex Couples (we want them to vote no) Protection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation) 2008 (we want them to vote no – contrary to what it sounds like, this was about freedom to spout hate speech against LGB people) Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs — Termination of Pregnancy 2006 (we want them to vote no – shortening abortion time limit) Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) 2007 (we want them to vote no – forced counselling before women are allowed an abortion) Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2017 (we want them to vote aye – decriminalise abortion) If the spreadsheet is a bit unwieldy, here’s a summary: Tories who voted for LGBT rights and abortion rights every time they could (8) Name Constituency  Party % good votes Number of possible votes Crispin Blunt Reigate Con 100.00% 7 Michael Fabricant Lichfield Con 100.00% 7 Daniel Poulter Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Con 100.00% 3 Anna Soubry Broxtowe Con 100.00% 3 Zac Goldsmith Richmond Park Con 100.00% 2 Victoria Atkins Louth and Horncastle Con 100.00% 1 Robert Jenrick Newark Con 100.00% 1 Matt Warman Boston and Skegness Con 100.00% 1 Labour MPs who voted for LGBT rights and abortion rights every time they could (88) The list is 88 strong, so check the spreadsheet to find those. MPs who...

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Tim Farron has voted against LGBT rights and women’s rights

First off, yes I know Theresa May and most Tories are worse. Don’t vote for them. But because loads of people are annoyed at Labour right now for various reasons, reasonable people are considering voting Liberal Democrat, forgiving them for their coalition with the Tories where they broke all their promises and screwed over students and everyone else. So when the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron got caught out this week again for having difficulty answering (refusing to answer) the question of whether he thought homosexuality was a sin (the next day in Parliament he said ‘no’ to this question finally…), loads of people jumped to his defence to say that whatever his religious beliefs, he had a good voting record on LGBT rights. This was because in his interview he said he was all for LGBT rights and equality, and when you look on TheyWorkForYou, it says he’s ‘mostly’ voted in favour of gay rights. Also the Lib Dem LGBT person put out a Huffpost article saying how great he was with LGBT rights stuff. But dig deeper for the truth. LGB: He voted against the Equality Act on the part banning discrimination on the grounds of sexuality. He voted in favour (three times!) of allowing (homophobic) registrars to refuse to marry same sex couples on religious grounds. (See Stavvers’ blog here for the breakdown of these three various awful related amendments) When the above bill failed (went against him), he was absent from the third and final reading on same sex marriage. Yeah he’d voted in favour of the bill before this, but stepped out of play once homophobic religious registrars weren’t allowed to refuse. He voted that hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation should not be considered hate speech. Women: He voted in favour of a bill to reduce...

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My womb

For me, having a womb and ovaries has affected my life in a major way. Wombs and their functions are still a taboo subject, and our wombs are still controlled by laws designed to control women. Not all women have wombs, and not all people with wombs are women.  There are some things that people with wombs and ovaries experience that people without wombs don’t. That might be hard for some to deal with, but ignoring it is feeding the taboo around cis women and some trans men’s natural bodily functions. My biology is an important part of who I am and talking about wombs is still a much needed political feminist act. So I’m going to talk about my womb. Because I have a womb (and ovaries) I have: – bled every month since I was 16 for about four days. Bleeding starts unpredictably so I have always had to take sanitary products everywhere with me for the week before my estimated period due date, during my period and for a couple of days after to deal with it coming back unexpectedly after a bleed-free day. Bleeding unexpectedly and failed sanitary products means sometimes it ruins your knickers and you have to hand-wash the blood out but they’re often stained forever anyway. Always leading up to, during and immediately after my period I am anxious and worrying about bleeding through my clothes and people seeing. Bleeding makes me more vulnerable to anaemia which I suffer from sometimes. – been terrified of getting pregnant every time I had sex with a man until I was 33 and comfortable with the idea. This fear was a consistent backdrop in my mind during any plans to have sex with a man, during sex with a man, and most days after sex with a man until...

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