The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Kate Green

The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green

She is currently Shadow Spokesperson for Disabled People.

The key thing about human rights is protecting and respecting the people whose views you fundamentally disagree with and don’t like, in return they do the same for you. “I will defend your right to say it.”  I think that’s a good starting point.

Kate Green MP on wikipedia

formerly for women and equality

I suppose what first got me really politically angry, and aware, was being a young woman at the start of 1980; the height of Thatcher’s destruction.    Ultimately of the economic and social infrastructure.

I was shocked, but also fearful, as one of that young generation who seriously thought we might never work.  I seriously thought she might take us into a nuclear war.  All around us were young people sleeping on the streets, industries collapsing.  It was a scary time to be young!!!!

That really politicized me. All the more so because I had grown up, and been educated, in Scotland.  At the beginning of my twenties I did get work and moved to London. I was not only shocked by the poverty and sheer volume of young people on the street in London (it was the first place I had ever seen young people on the streets), but also shocked by the wealth.  Edinburgh is a rich city, but the contrast between wealth and poverty really came home to me when I moved to London.  That got me politically angry and politically aware.

It took me quite a long time before I became active in the Labour Party, probably another ten years or so.  I suppose I got to the point where I thought, “You can’t just sit around and be unhappy, you have to be engaged.” It was the beginning of the 1990’s; a purposeful time to get involved in Labour.  We were really beginning to think about a new policy agenda, think about the way we presented ourselves to the Country. It was a lot to get into. I found that very, very stimulating.

Kate Green in interview

Kate remembering a teacher




It was somebody else who suggested I get involved (it would never have occurred to me); a woman who subsequently became my agent and very good friend.  She had been a candidate herself in 1979, so she knew what was involved. Interestingly, she was a teacher; I think she was used to developing people, spotting their potential, bringing it on, and she saw that I could do it.  Without her I don’t think I would have even contemplated it.

I stood in 1997 and lost. Continue reading


Do women do things differently?

M.P. Fiona Mactaggart

Would you consider yourself a feminist,

and what does that mean?

Fiona Mactaggart

I had always been a feminist because of my brother and sister. Being the daughter of a Baronet, I had an older sister, eldest child, but she couldn’t inherit – the Baronetcy goes to the boy.
             Being pro-women doesn’t imply anti-men, women enjoy being with and parenting with men.But when I was first elected, we didn’t name the difference we would make. We didn’t say “we’re going to do…..”101 women Labour candidates! Increase in child benefit, child care, we didn’t name it. So all women, we made ourselves the story, fashion stuff whatever, and the press love that.  They love the big rows, not the minor achievements.
The reason I think, is that men do the big shouty rebellious. Men stand on the doorstep bang, bang and shout at the door, while women sneak around the back and see a way in. So they are not seen to be effective. You could see lots of things women had done.