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What we stand for @ The Third Age

People in this age group have gone through many incarnations. They have been through the swinging sixties when the birth pill was first available, which changed the way we view sex and marriage. They have lived through several wars taking place around the globe as activists: protesting in public, Banning the Bomb and in the case of Greenham Common, helped to stop nuclear weapons proliferating.

This is the generation that won equality for women, raising the profile of injustice - all the… Continue

Added by Carole Railton on July 14, 2010 at 12:04 — 1 Comment

5 words to describe what #politics is...

Cloud of the words chosen by the people at the Mock Cabinet working group meeting.

Added by Ali Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 20:58 — 2 Comments

The Aspire Foundation launched this week

A new charitable…


Added by Lee Chalmers on May 11, 2010 at 13:42 — No Comments

What is the most common word BNP followers use to describe themselves? – you’ll never guess…

It is always interesting to see how individuals describe themselves. Finding ways to interact with individuals in their own terms is key to a more balanced (also I argue efficient and effective) engagement between government and citizens.…


Added by Ali Fisher on May 5, 2010 at 19:01 — No Comments

Diversity and Equality in Public Appointments

While we all recognise that truly representative public services must reflect the make-up of modern society and incorporate the skills, experience and commitment of people from all walks of life, many of the people who could make an

important contribution simply don’t know how to get involved, or, if they do

know how, they think ‘it’s not for me’. That’s why, in June 2009, the

Government Equalities Office and Cabinet…


Added by Dawn Hillier on May 3, 2010 at 12:18 — No Comments

celebrating you!

Celebrating the 100th International Women's Day, here's to you, female friends, a bouquet of fantasy flowers: .

Added by George Pór on March 8, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

On International Women's Day, DSP enters Phase 2

The Downing Street Project is one year old. With the UK on the brink of an

election, our dream of lining up 100 new women to stand seems far away. Despite

plenty of excellent candidates, the eye of the needle is selection at party

level. There are more women short-listed, but very few that are chosen to run

for winnable seats – even where the local selectors are largely women. Why? At

the current rate of…

Added by indraadnan on March 8, 2010 at 13:30 — No Comments

Message from Lee Chalmers

Hello DSP supporters.

It's about time that you had a bit of an update from The Downing Street Project. After much soul searching and discussion with loved ones, I have decided to move on from the Downing Street Project and leave it in the capable hands of Indra Adnan.

I had the initial idea for DSP two years ago, inspired by the White House Project, to train women to run for public office in the UK as that is what I believed was the…

Added by Lee Chalmers on February 25, 2010 at 9:17 — No Comments

Beginners guide to becoming a UK Member of Parliament

Many people have asked how to get the information necessary to start to think about becoming an MP. Here is a start at answering some of the most frequesntly asked questions.

What exactly is an MP?

The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask government ministers…

Added by Lee Chalmers on February 13, 2010 at 17:21 — No Comments

At last, plans for a creche in the House of Commons

Children of MPs to be cared for in Parliament’s first crèche

MPs taking part in late night Commons' votes will be able to drop their children off to be cared for in a purpose-built £400,000 crèche from September.

By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent, The Telegraph

Published: 4:18PM GMT 15 Dec 2009

Under plans to be announced shortly, the House of Commons will for the first time offer a flexible "short-term, short-notice" child minding service on… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 17:26 — No Comments

Time article on the Future of Work

Women Will Rule Business

By CLAIRE SHIPMAN AND KATTY KAY Thursday, May. 14, 2009

Work-life balance. In most corporate circles, it's the sort of phrase that gives hard-charging managers the hives, bringing to mind yoga-infused, candlelit meditation sessions and — more frustratingly — rows of empty office cubicles.

So, what if we renamed work-life balance? Let's call it something more masculine and appealing, something like ... um ... Make More Money. That might… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 30, 2009 at 16:28 — No Comments

Top bankers destroy value, study (written by women) claims

From the FT today, 14th Dec 2009

(Full report here:

"Bankers should count themselves lucky they are being hit by a mere 50 per cent additional tax on bonuses, a new report argues today, because their benefit to society is negative.

The New Economics Foundation, a left-leaning think-tank, says that by contrast hospital cleaners and many other… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 14, 2009 at 11:41 — No Comments

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women

British Government not backing UK Women for CEDAW Vacancies and the new UN Super-Agency For Women

Further to the response by Michael Foster to written Questions in the Commons from the MP Jo Swinson (see below at ‘Questions tabled and answered in the House of Commons’), the eminent human rights and equal opportunities Queen’s Counsel Lord Lester plans to table the following Questions in the Upper House:

Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 8, 2009 at 21:03 — No Comments

Brighton to hold first ever all-female parliamentary election

Brighton Argus

9:41am Saturday 5th December 2009

By Andy Chiles »

Brighton is set to hold what is believed to be the first all-female parliamentary election ever in Britain.

The milestone has been reached after the Liberal Democrats revealed Andrew Falconer, their original candidate for the Brighton Pavilion constituency, had pulled out and would be replaced by one of a shortlist of four women.

Whoever is selected will stand against… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on December 5, 2009 at 14:03 — No Comments

What would it take for you to want to stand as an MP?

So, as I look at the election approaching, probably on May 6th, I wonder what stops your average women on the street from wanting to stand as an MP. I know for me there a load of things that put me off. The notion of my entire life being trawled through and serialised in the Daily Mail, the never ending comments about my face/hair/teeth/shoes, the disparaging analysis of my every word or worse still, a complete disregard for my existence as a candidate at all. That's assuming that I can decide… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on October 11, 2009 at 18:05 — No Comments

Women and men, we are better together

BBC's Caludine Parrishn produced a great program on why we need more women in leadership. I've just caught the last couple of minutes of it on BBC World News. It was a beautifully crafted show. I don't know what was its title but someone with links to BBC could get in touch with them and try to get a copy of the program. It would be great to re-use in various actions and contexts of DSP.

The program featured students of the London Business School, organized into a male-only and a… Continue

Added by George Pór on September 13, 2009 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Obamas declaration of Women's Equality Day


Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release August 26, 2009


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Today, our country renews its commitment to freedom and justice for all our citizens. As we prepare to celebrate this women's day of equality, we reflect on the… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 26, 2009 at 21:46 — No Comments

Being inspired by the White House Project: NYC visit August 2009

Last week I had the good fortune to be in New York at the same time as one of the White House Project WOLF information events. Julie Gilbert and Marie Wilson kindly said that I could come along, to observe and see how where they are with their work can inform what The Downing Street Project is doing in its early and stumbling stages.

I took copious notes and thought I’d outline them here to give you a sense of what Marie Wilson was sharing about The White House Project, why it was… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 25, 2009 at 23:30 — No Comments

Tweetminster 10 Commandments for MP's and PPC's

Here it is! What do you think?

Here are the final "10 Commandments for Members of Parliament".

These commandments will be presented to all MPs and PPCs. Over the next few months and beyond the General Election, we will monitor the impact of these 10 Commandments to see if the actions of MPs live up to the standards that have been set. Our goal is to make a small contribution to making politics more open and… Continue

Added by Lee Chalmers on August 25, 2009 at 13:33 — 2 Comments

Power, Powerlessness, and the Myth of Oppression

Interesting integral essay on Power, Powerlessness, and the Myth of Oppression by Corey W. deVos.

Added by George Pór on August 14, 2009 at 19:01 — No Comments

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