Labour for Women

Gender pay gap means women in Swindon will work for free for 57 days this year

In David Cameron’s Britain, not only do women get paid less than men, but things are getting worse. Only Labour will take action to expose employers who pay men more than women and stand up for people here and across the country.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls backs children’s centres on visit to Swindon

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls visited Swindon to meet parliamentary candidate Anne Snelgrove and some of the mum’s who are opposed to cuts to children’s centres in the town.

Community Event: REFUGE - a celebration of female-fronted music - Saturday 4th May

REFUGE is a celebration of female music talent, which raises money for an excellent cause – Swindon Women’s Aid. It will bring 4 brilliant acts to a stunning church in Wiltshire on Saturday 4th May 2013.

Tickets are now on sale for the one-off event at Christ Church in Swindon, with every penny of the ticket money going directly to this hugely important cause.

Edith New: Swindon’s Forgotten Suffragette (7 March 2013 18:00)

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A special talk to celebrate international women's day is being held as part of the spring events at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery:

7 March 2013 18:00 ~ Edith New: Swindon’s Forgotten Suffragette

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Bath Road, Swindon SN1 4BA
Thursday, 7 March 2013 from 18:00 until 19:00 -- £3 Entry

Join local historian Frances Bevan for this talk exploring the story of Edith New, the Swindon schoolteacher who campaigned for women’s rights with the suffragette movement. Edith is best known for breaking the windows of 10 Downing Street with fellow campaigner Mary Leigh, and received several jail terms for her involvement in protests and demonstrations. Come along to hear more about this inspirational Swindon woman.


Empower Frock Swap - 5th March 7pm - 9pm

Donate your unwanted good quality items and pick up new and nearly new women’s clothes, shoes, jewellery, unused beauty products and accessories from 50p - £10. 

The event will be held on Tuesday 5 March at 7pm - 9pm at The Spot Bar in Old town and will be £2 entry at the door including a Goodie Bag Have a fun night out with the girls!

All proceeds to Empower projects in the Gambia – this month we are raising funds for the Agape Nursery School classroom building project.

More information on the Empower Facebook page at

The true extent of the Government’s blind spot on women has been revealed

The true extent of the Government’s blind spot on women has been revealed. George Osborne’s Autumn Statement will hit women harder than ever.

New analysis has shown that 81 per cent of the key additional direct tax, tax credit, and benefit changes announced yesterday will come from women - that’s a shocking £867 million of the £1.065 billion raised.

As a result of these changes, working parents will see child tax credits and child benefit cut even further in real terms – and this comes on top of the previously announced real cuts in Working Tax Credits and childcare. 

Maternity pay is also being raided, a move that will take £180 out of the pockets of new mums by 2015/16, making it harder for women to afford to take their full maternity leave.

Event: Labour Women by Labour Women

You are Invited to an evening for Labour Women by Labour Women

Come and meet your Labour Women Councillors

Your opportunity to chat to us about what we do.

Monday November 19th at 7.30pm
The Function Room Civic Offices, Euclid Street

Drinks & Nibbles provided

RSVP Fay Howard 07952350656 or Email

We have 7 Labour Women as Councillors out of 24 & are always keen to see more women elected.  Have you thought about it?

Being a Councillor is a job that’s as big as you make it.

Councillors receive financial allowances.

Councillors have to balance the needs and interests of residents the political party they represent and the council.

It is important that councils have councillors who reflect and represent the communities they serve.

Mike Heal discovers the the Government is axing the Family Information Directory.

The day before 400,000 million people march in London to protest about Government cuts, the Department for Children, Schools and Families have withdrawn a vital webservice for families looking for assistance and local childcare.  Swindon Borough Council is supposed to have replaced this service - DUT IT HASNT.

When did Swindon borough Council know about this change?  The Swindon Family Information Service just passes people looking for childminders back to the national service! 

This is a message fro the  Swindon Sure Start Partnership sent on 25th March 2011.

Family Information Directory Online

Fay Howard outraged by cuts in Surestart and Children's Centres

David Cameron has made much of  'broken britain' and he has attempted  to blame  Labour, pretending that somehow it was the "over funding" of services that were at the root of it. If Labour were the architects of anything it was how to build families back up from the years of deprivation left over from the Thatcher and Major disaster of 18 years of Tory government.

Surestart is there to give children a sure footing as they make their first steps in life. Labour did not tinker at the edges they had a grand plan some 3,500 Surestart Centres Swindon is fortunate to have 14 of these centres. The centres are more than just a vital public service they put vitality back into the community by helping children and families. This vitality is an investment in the future it is not a luxury child minding service for yummy mummies, it is a tried and tested formula. With 10 years under its belt and hundreds of thousands of children benefiting from them, Surestart Centres are giving children a better start in life. David Cameron himself said of Surestart:


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