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 was first elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley in 2015, before being re-elected in 2017. She was elected chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party in September 2016. Before becoming an MP, Jess worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and she continues to speak up on behalf of those who struggle to have their voice heard. Jess has worked with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Communities and Local Government on issues of Violence Against Women and Girls. She is one of the women who launched the #NotTheCost campaign to combat the violence faced by politically active women, and the Reclaim the Internet campaign, which challenges online abuse.
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’.