Labour members from across York gave up their Saturday afternoons to ensure that we are spreading the right message about equalities. The well attended event at Clements Hall in Nunthorpe Road was led by highly experienced equalities tutor Cathryn Lawrence from The Northern College, and attended by Labour councillors and council candidates, party officers and local activists.
The Northern College has long-standing trade union links and specialises in training courses for community and trade union activists, developing skills and understanding to further the aims and social purpose of their organisations. Based in Wentworth Castle, the college is committed to equal opportunities and has a national reputation for excellence, judged outstanding by OFSTED,
Over the course of three hours, the attendees were asked to consider the impact of equalities in their day to day lives as well as in their party duties. In particular there was an emphasis on unconscious bias and discrimination, occasions when we may think we are doing the right thing but our actions inadvertently affect others.
The Labour Party has strict codes of conduct relating to equalities, administered by the National Executive Council and all members are required to agree to these. However, the general agreement of all present was that no matter how well members abide by those regulations, we can all always do better.
With that in mind, attendees were urged to take the message of equality, and the lessons learned during the session, not only out to the wider party but also to the public at large.
The party would like to thank Cathryn for giving up her time to be with us, and our Women’s Officer Kate Hignett and her team for organising such a well run and interesting event.