Latest update on the Women's Forum from our excellent Women's Officer Gillian Arrindell:
"We had our second meeting this month to accommodate those who were not able to attend the previous one. It was well attended and included four new people that had not attended any of our previous meetings. Amongst these was a Labour supporter who had registered previously with the Party but is going to check out her membership status.
We all introduced ourselves and there were some very interesting backgrounds. A longstanding member, Cathy, was good enough to bring newsletters and documents relating to the Labour Party's Women Section going back to the 1980's. Some names mentioned in those documents are still active in the constituency. We did not have time to go through these papers but recognised the importance of understanding the history of women within the Labour Party. So Cathy has agreed to write, hopefully, a series of articles derived from these historic papers, for the Women's Forum online discussion group. Email me at email@example.com to join this group.
We discussed Brexit and the uncertainty facing our EU residents; about sexual harassment and misogyny within politics, particularly in relation to recent news stories; and how longstanding, secure residencies within council and housing associations, are being threatened by sharp rises in rent and service charges.
We also talked about poverty and deprivation under this government and the proliferation of food banks which many people are dependent on for survival. It was ironic that our meeting took place a few yards from a huge queue of 40 + people waiting for their turn at the fortnightly soup kitchen. We also had one young man come into the meeting to plead for help as he had been homeless for a while and didn't know where to turn. We could only direct him to the soup kitchen and hope that they were able to assist him.
All in all it was a very lively discussion amongst an interesting group of women in a warm and friendly atmosphere."