Left Foot Forward Events at Labour Party Conference 2016

Sex work: Where should we stand as progressives?

Monday, 26 September, 2-3.30pm

Join Left Foot Forward and Survation for a discussion of the challenges of legislating for sex work.

Location: LabourList Space: ACC Liverpool Lower Level 2G (secure zone)


Chair: Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin, Editor, Left Foot Forward
Damian Lyons Lowe, Founder, Survation (Opening remarks)
Thangam Debbonaire MP
Catherine Stephens, International Union of Sex Workers
Dr Maddy Coy, Deputy Director, Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, co-convenor of the Nordic Model Information Network
Cari Mitchell, English Collective of Prostitutes

The recent Home Affairs committee report demonstrates that our current method of regulating sex work isn’t effective: it’s still on-going and widespread, the methods of enforcement are outdated and women aren’t safe.

What’s the best way to protect women, their bodies and their choices through legislation? And what role should Labour play in this heated feminist debate?

Join Left Foot Forward to discuss this relevant important topic and help decide what we should campaign for as progressives.

Survation will provide unique polling for the event.


Political Blogging: Women’s workshop

Sunday, 25 September, 9-10am

Politics needs more women’s voices.

That’s why LabourList, Left Foot Forward, and the Labour Party are jointly running a workshop at Labour Conference for women on political blogging.

You don’t have to be a political expert to get published. Blogging is an effective way to break into politics and is an opportunity to get involved in the important debates going on now.

We’re hosting a women’s-only workshop where we will help you write your first pitch, share tips and take questions.

All self-defining women are welcome. Please note: you do need a Labour Party pass to attend as the event venue is inside the secure zone. This event is wheelechair accessible and free to attend.

-Chair: Casey Calista, Political Pixel
-Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin, Editor, Left Foot Forward
-Maya Goodfellow, Columnist, LabourList, Media Diversified
-Emma Burnell, Political blogger and writer