There’s nobody else at Westminster quite like Jess Phillips. She is fearless and funny, riotous and rebellious, maverick and mischievous.’ The Times In this conversation with activist and journalist Scarlett Curtis, Labour MP Jess Phillips tells us what’s she’s learned in her journey to Westminster – and how we can all follow in her footsteps by speaking truth to power.
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Jess Phillips MP
Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election.
Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women. She became a councillor in 2012 through the Labour Future Candidates Programme. In this role she worked tirelessly to support residents, with her work being recognised when she became Birmingham’s first ever Victims Champion.
Since becoming an MP, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it the most and has been appointed to the Women and Equalities Committee, the Backbench Business Committee and Chair of the Women’s PLP. Jess has earned a reputation for plain speaking since being elected, unfazed by threats and calling out sexist attitudes as she promotes women’s rights.
Scarlett Curtis is a writer, activist and feminist. She is the curator of The Sunday Times bestselling anthology Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), an urgent and empowering collection of new writing from ground-breaking women from the worlds of activism, Hollywood and the arts. Curtis has had work published in the Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Elle and Vogue and is a Contributing Editor for Sunday Times’ Style magazine. The co-founder of feminist activist group, The Pink Protest, Curtis has also worked as social media director of the UN’s campaign ‘The Global Goals’.