Jess Phillips MP headshotJess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley


Useful contacts and websites for Christmas period

December 21, 2016 - 4:09pm

By: OfficeTeam

Deeds Not Words on Domestic Violence Please, Prime Minister

July 18, 2016 - 10:48am

By: Jess

I’ve been watching Theresa May form her government over the past for days, interested in who’s going where in which department. I’ll admit to having to Google a couple of the names. There was the shocker of the first few “you broke it, you sodding fix it” appointments of Johnson, Fox and Leadsom, followed by Priti “replace DfID” Patel, causing an intake in breath by the poorest people in the world. Then came a steady stream of less controversial appointments and, in my opinion, some potential improvement.

The Truth Hurts More Than the Conspiracy

July 5, 2016 - 10:53am

By: Jess

This week I have read many things in newspapers and online that are utter rubbish. Just simply not true. I’ve been sent messages about my “grand plans” by people who, I can only assume, think that the moon landing was a hoax and that Lord Lucan is currently sunning himself in a mankini sat with Anastasia and Rasputin on at a hedonism resort in Jamaica, sipping cocktails from a bar staffed by Tom Cruise and Brian Brown. Oh, if only I could join them for some fantasy lols. I’m in desperate need of some lols.

Reclaim the Internet - Fighting for Freedom of Speech

May 26, 2016 - 10:24am

By: Jess

I am often told that I am trying to stifle freedom of speech. I've been called the thought police, the Stasi and, as is currently so very de rigueur, a Nazi. I'm not trading secrets on the streets of East Berlin, holding rallies or burning books, I'm just saying "dude don't be such a douche on the internet."

'Oh No, You Didn't!' - The Dead Cat Strategy

April 26, 2016 - 9:53am

By: Jess

Cats have long been part of my political backstory. When I told people I was running against Lib Dem John Hemming MP, usually the response was, "who?" I would enlighten them by saying, "you know... the dude with the wife, the mistress and the cat." Often I saw the the dawn of realisation on their faces. So dead, or missing and assumed dead, cats are nothing new to us fighting the good fight in Birmingham Yardley.

Cameron is to blame for cuts to women’s refuges, not local councils

April 14, 2016 - 3:04pm

By: Jess

David Cameron made some howling mistakes at PMQs this week when talking about women’s refuges. He joined in with one of his frankly forgettable colleagues with some typically loathsome yah-boo Tory back patting which saw him blame local Labour councils for refuge closures.

If I Were King of the Forest - The Tale of a Cowardly Lion

April 8, 2016 - 4:05pm

By: Jess

My kids are not little angels. They have to say sorry with near hourly regularity. As my parents used to say to me, I now parrot the phrase "saying sorry is just a word; changing your behaviour proves you are sorry."
We all make mistakes; I have made some absolute howlers. It's awful when you are in the public eye and stuff comes to light. You, the voting public, rightly don't have much sympathy, but the cold sweat and sleeplessness every single politician feels is horrible. But hey, live by the sword and all that jazz.

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit of the Law

April 8, 2016 - 2:13pm

By: Jess

David Cameron pays his taxes. What does he want, a round of applause? Tory MPs in defence of their premier last night took to Twitter to almost congratulate a man for saying he pays tax. What a guy, what a hero.

I've Got All My Sisters With Me - Where Women Are Winning

March 8, 2016 - 4:52pm

By: Jess

Today is a celebration of women. I will spend the day trying to get across the message that we women are still being murdered and abused. Others will be using the time to shout loud about women's achievements, speaking of great women, courageous women, women at the top. I will love each story or lament for what others have that we women don't. There is one thing I think that we women have that our brothers should envy and replicate - we have each other.

Let's Stop the Drip, Drip, Drip of Otherness

February 22, 2016 - 10:39am

By: Jess

Last week I travelled to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Educational Trust and young people from my constituency. Like all who visit, I was struck by the scale of human tragedy. I've seen some things in my life, met hundreds of survivors of torture, oppression and slavery. I have been trained to have empathy and understanding but to use techniques to cope and not take work home with me. I'm a tough cookie. The sight of tonnes and tonnes of hair sheared from the heads of Jewish women and girls floored me.


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