Jess Phillips MP headshotJess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley


A Nation of Scroungers

October 14, 2015 - 5:30pm

By: Jess

My head hurts. I've spent a long day on the Welfare and Work Bill Committee. In this meeting I headbutted the table every time the DWP and Treasury ministers in front of me made the same glaring and obvious mistake. After you have intervened on a minister twice to point it out, smacking your head against a plank seems to be the most sensible option.

A Little More Conversation, A Little Less Action

October 12, 2015 - 7:49am

By: Jess

Regardless of the fact that I've been called a war monger and a blood thirsty politician this week, I have never ever said that I would support the bombing of Syria. That is a nuance lost on the twitchfork army. Oh well.
I left the Labour Party at the time of Iraq and I marched on more than one occasion against the war. I don't like war, I don't like bombs, I don't like friendly fire, a thing I've heard about in the news all my life which seems sadly to be back in the last few weeks.

Conference - A Warm and Fuzzy Echo Chamber

October 1, 2015 - 11:35am

By: Jess

Labour conference has finished, gladly I am home in Birmingham. I just went to the corner shop to get some bread and milk. No one asked me for a selfie. No one told me I was a legend. No one cheered me and said you are a breath of fresh air. The woman at the till smiled at me, I looked hopeful expecting her to say "you're Jess Phillips, your Twitter game is on point." Instead she said "that'll be £2.54 do you need a bag love?".

Being Human

September 17, 2015 - 3:15pm

By: Jess

It is 10.30pm on a Wednesday. I am sat alone in the Oxford services half way between one life and another. After this week I know which life I prefer and it is the one that I am heading towards.
It has been fairly widely publicised that I spoke up this week. Showed my heart a bit. Who am I kidding? My feelings spilt all over the floors of Westminster.

Labour Leadership Mansplaining At Its Worst

August 27, 2015 - 3:13pm

By: Jess

Before everyone tweets to tell me that Mr Corbyn didn't actually say we should have women's only carriages on trains... I know he didn't. I've read his actual statement. He said he would speak to women's groups to see if it would help. So I'll put aside any criticism of the idea until a consultation begins and then I'll say: "It won't work, it's impractical and let's spend our time and energy on a slightly less victim blamey policy."

I Fight the War I Have, Not the War I Want

August 15, 2015 - 3:11pm

By: Jess

I am a socialist. Granted I've not stood on a stall on a high street recently and given out newspapers, so it might be hard for you to see. I did spend the last five years of my life creating services for victims of domestic violence, vulnerable abused kids, workers trafficked for labour, sex and servitude. I'll give you the fact that my nuclear war petition signature hit rate is woeful. But I did help to save, protect and empower thousands and thousands of lives, in this country and elsewhere.

I Like Andy Burnham a Lot - But I'm Cross at the Virtual Head-Tapping of the Women in this Contest

July 25, 2015 - 3:06pm

By: Jess

I feel like I've stepped back in time - and it's deeply depressing. In the last few weeks Yvette Cooper has been asked about whether her husband is pulling the strings in her leadership campaign and Liz Kendall has been asked about her weight. And today in the Times Lord Falconer, co-chair of Andy Burnham's campaign, has kicked off the latest in a line of ridiculous questioning about whether the women standing to be Labour leader are "strong" enough to steer the party through the next few years. For god's sake - it's 2015, not 1915.

Loco Parentis - Teachers Doing More Than 1% Extra

July 18, 2015 - 3:04pm

By: Jess

I am not an organised parent. Turns out, without me noticing, my kids school breaks up this week. Needless to say I have failed to organise the necessary childcare for the holidays and have been frantically calling in family favours.

Tax Credits - A Hand-Up Not a Handout

July 9, 2015 - 3:01pm

By: Jess

After this week's budget I feel the need to declare, "my name is Jess and I relied on benefits." After the birth of my first baby ten years ago, my husband and I received Child Tax Credits. Our household income was around £19k. Without Child Tax Credits I would never have been able to afford childcare for my young son. The top-up meant that I could do small bits of paid and voluntary work. My tax credits helped me go to work and begin to build a career. When my second son was born three years later, both my husband and I had advanced in our careers so we no longer needed the help.

Equal Pay Is Not About Money and Wages - It Is About Worth

July 2, 2015 - 2:59pm

By: Jess

This week I didn't behave well. Really bad in fact. I mean I slow clapped the home secretary as she headed for her lobby. I then followed it with, what I will call a robust exchange, with the minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan across the chamber.
If my mom was still alive she might have slapped my legs for my breaches. On this occasion though I think she may have joined me. Because my mom, the mother of three sons, and me her only daughter, whispered in my ear every day from birth, "there's nothing they can do that you can't."


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