Jess Phillips MP headshotJess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

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

April 26, 2016 - 8:53am

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 - 2:04pm

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 - 3:05pm

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 - 1:13pm

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.

Googling 'Compassionate Conservatism' - No Results Found

January 27, 2016 - 10:47am

By: Jess

Turns out Compassionate Conservatism doesn't come so easy to the top dogs on the Government benches. This week, the One Nation government had to again be reminded by a Labour peer that some of the inhabitants of said one nation, are disabled and need caring for by their relatives. It took the Labour Party, Carers UK, and a judge in a costly legal battle, to remind them that punishing carers with the benefits cap is a bit of a slap in the face to people who give up everything to do the right thing. Whoopsie they said, and remembered they have to try and look nice.
 

Labour Party Family Christmas

December 22, 2015 - 12:03pm

By: Jess

At Christmas I am reminded of the difference between the families we are given and the families we choose. I'm from a big rowdy family, we would be as comfortable on University Challenge as we would on Jeremy Kyle. I love spending time with them, but post Doctor Who Christmas special I will take refuge at the house of the family I choose.
 

Shut Up Bitch - Get Back to Ironing Your Husbands Socks

December 17, 2015 - 10:59am

By: Jess

In the last couple of weeks I have spoken to five different young women who told me they were going to stop posting blogs and tweeting about their politics and their views. Each one of them contacted me for support and advice about how to deal with the vitriol, sexism and misogyny they face every time they speak. The very first thing I said to every one of them was "don't stop, whatever you do, don't let it silence you."
 

Speaking Literally

December 17, 2015 - 10:50am

By: Jess

Just so we can get the record straight, and by that I don't mean literally getting a record and unbending it, so let's start again.
 
I want to be clear and transparent, by which I of course do not mean that I wish literally for people to be able to see through me... let's try again.
 
I want to spell out, I (space ) D I D (space) N O T (space) T H R E A T E N (space) T O (space) K I L L (space) J E R E M Y (space) C O R B Y N (stop).

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