Jess Phillips MP: Talk and Debate
The Department of English Literature and the Department of Politics are pleased to welcome Jess Phillips MP to the University of Reading on Thursday 16 November 2017.
Jess Phillips is MP for Birmingham Yardley and she is a rising star of the Parliamentary Labour Party. A highly effective speaker, activist and campaigner, Jess Phillips more than trebled her majority at the recent General Election. Before she became an MP, she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, and she has stated: ‘I continue to speak out on behalf of those who struggle to have their voices heard’. (Everywoman, 2017). This determination to ‘speak out’, together with her well-publicised doubts about the leadership of the Labour Party, has made her the target of relentless attacks on social media.
Jess Phillips will give a talk between 18:00 and 18:45 and this will be followed by a Q&A session coordinated by Dr Mark Shanahan from the Department of Politics. We will then hold a book signing for Jess Phillips’ recent book, Everywoman (copies will be available for purchase at the event).
Entry to the event is free but we will be asking for voluntary contributions to a charity, nominated by Jess Phillips, working to protect vulnerable women. Spaces are limited to 200 so early booking is strongly recommended.
We will begin at 18:00 in the Van Emden Lecture Theatre on the first floor of the Edith Morley Building: the event will conclude, after the book signing, at approximately 20:30.