Welcome to the first politics round-up of 2015. This should be a fascinating year politically, and as we head towards the general election I am hoping to be able to share the views of plenty of parent bloggers – on the issues that worry them, what they would like from politicians and how they will […]
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Just the other day I attended an event at the London HQ of professional services giant Deloitte. The event had seen my appearance on the BritMums Hangout with Jo Swinson on shared parental leave, and had arranged to discuss family friendly work practices and what employers could do to be more flexible so staff […]
Recently BritMums had a hangout on air with MP Jo Swinson, talking about Shared Parental Leave. Here, she writes in a guest post about how shared leave can help close the gender pay gap, which has endured for too long. Jo Swinson writes: This week, on Tuesday 4 November , we had Equal Pay Day […]
Blogging runs the whole gamut of emotions. We laugh and cry, moan and celebrate. We share our joyous, our depressing, our mundane. And we share the raw depths of our emotion. Because we need to, because writing it out helps us set it more clearly in our own minds, brings support and advice. And because […]
For several years now we’ve gathered each June to meet each other in person, learn and enjoy time away from our families in the company of bloggers, bloggers and more bloggers! This year the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has sent us all a note with some words of encouragement and welcome. I am delighted […]
I recently received an email in my capacity as politics editor for BritMums. It was enquiring as to whether we would be writing about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. Of course we will be, I replied. Then feeling rather under-educated on the matter myself I asked some fellow bloggers who are far more informed to […]
The departure of Maria Miller from David Cameron’s Cabinet has left three women as full-time members, none of them mothers. The low number of women as well as the splitting of Miller’s former role as minister of Women and Equalities between Nicky Morgan (Women) and Sajid Javid (Equalities) has prompted a lot of discussion. Morgan […]
Well Mr Gove has ruffled a few feathers with his plans on reforming the British educational system. This will affect anyone with a child at school so BritMums asked a parent and a teacher to give their points of view. Helen Wills from Actually Mummy leads the discussion and Nikki Thomas from Stressy Mummy adds […]
This past week saw the passing of one of the greatest politicians of the last century. Mandela’s life was long, difficult and ultimately triumphant. He provided us with proof that change for the good is possible, and he was a great believer in the power of dialogue and forgiveness, as well as being a powerful […]
It always throws me into disarray when a government announcement results in a flurry of blogposts just as I was about to submit the months politics round-up. Sometimes I pick them up the following month, but the business of vouchers for breastfeeding has taken up my twitter and blog feed so completely today that I […]
It has been a busy month in the political arena- America has shut itself down, it has been party conference season, there was a fairly major press vs politicians spat, and all sorts of other bits and bobs have been going on. As such please bear with there not being a cohesive theme to this […]
Sigmund Freud never puzzled out what women want. Is the Conservative Party any better at it? I’m speaking on a panel next week at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event: The Politics of Motherhood – Are Conservatives doing enough to support women’s choices? (Go to the Facebook page.) We hear more and more about how […]
Hello, I am back after being allowed the summer off for good behaviour. This round-up features fewer posts than usual as it seems many of you, like me, were struck down with a lack of time/energy to vent over the summer. For me my lack of political outpourings has been partly lack of time, both […]
I am adopting a slightly different approach to this months round-up and taking a closer look at the BiBs shortlist in the commentary category. Politics can mean many things beyond simply the activity of those in parliament, and the thing that binds all of the nominees in this category together is a desire to improve […]
Margaret Thatcher’s legacy is being hotly debated in the wake of her death. Some people are singing her praises, others are singing Ding dong the witch is dead. We’ll be talking for some time about how she transformed the UK. Part of that analysis already is not political but personal: How successful was she as […]
Morning. Or Afternoon. Evening even, if that is more relevant to you. It has been quite the month in the political world, so I won’t dally, but dive straight in. Lets tackle the biggie first. Baroness Thatcher died this week. A momentous event that has seen her as divisive in death as she was in […]
It was International Women’s Day last Friday and lots of bloggers wrote posts in celebration of all things womanly. The ever lovely Lulastic hosted a link up which is brimming with inspiring posts, and her own letter to her great grand-daughter is both heart-warming and hopeful for the future of women. And the following also utilised […]
Last month I blogged about paternity leave. To my amazement my blog came to the attention of the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and I was asked if I’d host a live twitter Q&A with the Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson. It seemed like a great opportunity and I happily accepted. The Q&A took […]
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