ORIGINS 2015-2016

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For Lewisham

  • The Lewisham and Greenwich branch was originally set up by Madeline Petrillo with Elisha Foust in July 2015.
  • At the end of 2015, we helped the Party recruit prospective candidates for the Greater London Assembly and were delighted when the London membership elected Rebecca Manson Jones to be on the London list of candidates.
  • We spent the spring of 2016 becoming a lean, mean campaigning machine canvassing far and wide in London and on our doorstep, helping our mayoral candidate Sophie Walker get 350,000 votes and our list candidates just shy of the 6% needed to secure a seat.
  • Nothing daunted we spent the summer at events and hosting coffee mornings encouraging people to join us.
  • In September, a surprise by-election saw us with the extraordinary honour of standing the Women’s Equality Party’s first-ever local Council candidate. Rebecca Manson Jones, supported by a dedicated and courageous local team (joined by volunteers from across London) stood in the Brockley ward. Our campaign reached every voting household in Brockley and we achieved 7% of the vote.
  • In September too Alison Proud instigated the popular and much imitated Pub and Politics evenings – first Thursday of every month, a chance to meet people and talk politics in an informal and social environment.
  • In November 2016, the big branch had grown and so we were able to see the creation of two new branches, WEP Lewisham and our friends in WEP Greenwich.
  • November 2016 also saw us attending the first-ever WEP conference in Manchester, leading workshops and creating policy.
  • March 2017 – NOW we are launching our workshops to help create candidate and camaigning teams ready to help other branches e.g. Tunbridge Wells (standing in County Council elections) and Liverpool (Tabitha Morton standing for Liverpool Mayor) in May 2017; and to prepare for the London Borough Council elections in May 2018.