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Wednesday 11 March at 7.30 pm at The Wanstead Tap

Rachel Reeves Sophie Walker Lyn Brown

Rachel Reeves MP
and Sophie Walker
Westminster and Rebellion!

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Join us for a night of inspirational politics and politicians past, present and future.

Rachel Reeves Sophie Walker

Rachel Reeves MP
and Sophie Walker
Westminster
and Rebellion!

Lyn Brown

Hosted by
Lyn Brown MP

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Women of Westminster
Women of Westminster
is published in paperback
by Bloomsbury
on 5 March 2020 at £9.99.

Rachel Reeves
Women of Westminster

The MPs who Changed Politics

In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Her achievement was all the more remarkable given that women (and even then only some women) had only been entitled to vote for just over a year. In the past 100 years, a total of 491 women have been elected to Parliament.

Yet it was not until 2016 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament. The achievements of these political pioneers have been remarkable – Britain has now had two female Prime Ministers and women MPs have made significant strides in fighting for gender equality from the earliest suffrage campaigns to Barbara Castle’s fight for equal pay to Harriet Harman’s recent legislation on the gender pay gap. Yet the stories of so many women MPs have too often been overlooked in political histories.

In Women of Westminster, Rachel Reeves brings forgotten MPs out of the shadows and looks at the many battles fought by the Women of Westminster, from 1919 to 2019.

“These achievements [of female MPs] are all the more remarkable because of the challenges and hostilities they faced… Women of Westminster shows how far female MPs have come, but how challenging their work remains.” – The Guardian.

“A lively and fascinating book… Engaging and informative, Women of Westminster is essential reading for anyone interested in the workings of the British parliamentary system.” – BBC History Magazine.

“Now even more timely with the resignation of Theresa May from the post of Britain’s Prime Minister, Women of Westminster: The MPs who Changed Politics is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library British Political Science and 20th Century Women’s History collections.” – Midwest Book Review.

“It is [this] kind of rebellious spirit that Britain – and the Labour Party – so desperately needs today.” – Tides of History.

“From household names like Nancy Astor to lesser-known, but equally pioneering politicians such as Florence Horsbrugh and Mavis Tate, Women of Westminster tells the story of the female MPs who shaped Parliament and the country. These women broke into Parliament's boys' club, rewrote the membership rules and in the process set about transforming Britain. This is a glorious compendium of the manifold achievements they chalked up - and the sacrifices they made. Rachel Reeves is perfectly positioned to tell their story, having experienced the slings and arrows of Parliamentary prejudice first-hand. As she herself puts it, she "stands on the shoulders" of her pioneering forbears, and from that vantage point she can see not only all they achieved but also what more needs to be done.” – Cathy Newman, author of Bloody Brilliant Women.

Five Rules for Rebellion
Five Rules for Rebellion
is published in hardback
by Icon Books
on 5 March 2020 at £12.99.

Sophie Walker
Five Rules for Rebellion

Let’s Change the World Ourselves

Had enough? Feeling hopeless? Don’t give up – join the rebellion.

Five Rules for Rebellion is an inspiring handbook for future rebels and revolutionaries – women who are fed up and disempowered but uncertain of where to begin. Sophie Walker, a long-time activist and journalist turned political party leader and ‘modern-day suffragette’, offers us the alternative, with a five-step journey to incorporating activism into our lives.

Featuring stories of new and seasoned activists – including Amika George and Jack Monroe – campaigning on a range of issues from reproductive rights and poverty to the environment and access to education – the book shows us how to see activism not as a series of pitched battles but as a positive, lifelong learning experience.

Sophie Walker is a feminist activist, founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party, and recently-appointed chief executive of Young Women’s Trust, the charity representing and supporting women aged 18-30 who are living on no or low pay. She is passionate about rebuilding society for and with (extra)ordinary women. She stood for London Mayor in 2016, winning a quarter of a million votes, and in 2017 stood for election to Parliament on a manifesto of equal pay, investment in care and an end to violence against women. She has debated #MeToo with Germaine Greer, Trump’s presidency with Piers Morgan and gender roles with Jordan Peterson. She was named by Vogue in 2018 as one of the ‘New Suffragettes’ and is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media on the subject of women’s rights, representation and rebellion. She is a long-term campaigner for disability rights and worked for 20 years as an international reporter. In her spare time she is a keen runner.

“Sophie Walker will pick you up, dust you off and put the fire in your belly to change the world. Whether you’re a new activist or have been in the arena for a while, this book offers sustenance for everyone” – Nimko Ali, CEO and co-founder of The Five Foundation and author of What We’re Told Not To Talk About.

“As it becomes depressingly clear that those presently in power are not taking the urgent action required on climate change, poverty and inequality, we must ourselves take action wherever and whenever we can. This book ’ by one of the most visionary women I have ever met ’ will tell you how.” – Emma Thompson, actor, screenwriter and activist.

“Sophie is an extraordinary communicator. I’ve seen her inspire thousands to activism. This book will inspire many more” – Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party and author of Attack of the 50 Ft. Women.

“Thoroughly engaging, empowering and inspiring ’ blows invigorating air into the weary world of politics and makes you want to get out there NOW and do something about it” – Ailbhe Smyth, co-director of Together For Yes and convenor of Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment.

Forthcoming events


Thursday 13 Febuary at 7.30 pm
at Aldersbrook Bowls Club

Julian Earl
Cows in Trees

Wednesday 11 March at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Rachel Reeves MP and Sophie Walker
discuss Westminster and rebellion.
Hosted by Lyn Brown MP
Event sold out!

Past events and news


Book signing with Kate Thompson
Secrets of the Homefront Girls
with East End legend Stan Moore
playing the spoons
Prosecco and cake

Daniel Sonabend
We Fight Fascists
The 43 Group and Their Forgotten
Battle for Post War Britain

In conversation with Michael Rosen

Raymond Antrobus,
Salena Godden
& Nikita Gill

John Crace
Decline and Fail
Read in Case of Political Apocalypse

Suresh Singh
A Modest Living
Memoirs Of A Cockney Sikh

An Evening with
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
Part of Redbridge Fabula Festival 2019

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London
In conversation with Krissie Nicolson

Lucy O’Brien
Janette Mason and David McAlmont
Dusty in Words and Music

Carl Cattermole
Prison: A Survival Guide
In conversation with Deborah Coles

Jenni Murray
A History of the World
in 21 Women

Daniel Rachel
Don’t Look Back In Anger
In conversation with Paolo Hewitt

Esther Rutter
This Golden Fleece
A Journey Through
Britain’s Knitted History

Book Benefit for the
homeless in Newham

Launch party for
Luan Goldie
Nightingale Point

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Michael Rosen
with Danny Braverman

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
with Stef Dickers

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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
the new wave of crime fiction

Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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