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Save Your Sanctimony and Threats of Deselection - Your Certainty Stinks

December 3, 2015 - 1:30pm

By: Jess

It's hard for me to write about this with my normal chippy manner. I float from chippy to combative with relative ease normally. This is not so easy. It is not light, it is not funny. In fact it is dark, twisty and serious.
 
No matter what the decision each MP made on this week's historic vote on Syria I am proud to be their colleague. I have watched MPs weep in the Commons, fret, argue and recoil. I had to shout "pack it in" to squabbles and negotiate different views over dinner. It hasn't been easy.
 

Responding to George Osborne's tax credit U-turn should have been Labour's victory lap

November 26, 2015 - 2:34pm

By: Jess

He changed the forecast, we changed the weather. But still it rains.
 
The Labour Party should have rested on its laurels in the Autumn Statement. While Gideon name checked his Tory colleagues for their successful lobbying, he should have been reading out the names of Labour members who changed his position.  I'll let the Tories have the potholes, (even though it was in Labour manifesto) but everything else was us. 
 

It's Socialism Jean, But Not as We Know It

November 19, 2015 - 2:40pm

By: Jess

Jean was my mom, she died when I was in my twenties (please try to get past the fact that we Brummies say Mom).
 
"We, not me", my mom used to whisper in my ear when I was growing up. "We, not me, sweetheart." God I miss her. From the moment of my birth until the the day she died my mom taught me that we should only seek power to give it away and that we should fight for the neighbours kid's as tenaciously as we would fight for our own. At her funeral I said:

David Cameron - I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

November 13, 2015 - 2:37pm

By: Jess

This week Parliament broke up early. MPs got to go back to their constituencies on Tuesday night. I was delighted. I like Westminster, it makes me feel fancy and important - dare I say powerful, without seeming like a swivel-eyed megalomaniac. That said, on almost any day I would rather be in my constituency and sleeping in my own bed.
 

Drawing a Line

November 2, 2015 - 11:23am

By: Jess

I'm knackered and a bit miserable. Not because some bottom feeders threatened me and some sheep followed them and threatened my kids. I'm over that. Mainly because I am fairly certain my seven-year-old son could take them on in an intellectual debate and win without breaking a sweat. To be honest I'd like to stop talking about it. Cue a million people on Twitter saying "oh yeah she wants to stop talking about it, then why is she still talking about it, stupid dumb fat feminazi." Well I'm not actually, let's talk about what you want to talk about.

A Lesson in How Not to Build Unity

October 19, 2015 - 12:33pm

By: Jess

Another day, another fool calling me a Tory. I can forgive some people in my constituency, who this week were told wrongly by campaigning site 38 Degrees that I am a member of the Conservative Party. Alas, it is not this grave error that means people seem to have missed that I am not just a member of the Labour Party, I am also someone who has pretty much given up her life for said organisation. Also completely failing to notice I am actually from the left of the party shows quite how stupid some people are.
 

A Nation of Scroungers

October 14, 2015 - 4:30pm

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 - 6:49am

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 - 10:35am

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 - 2:15pm

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.
 

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