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Finding Your Voice: Jess Phillips MP Talk and Debate


Join the Department of English Literature and the Department of Politics in welcoming Jess Phillips, re-elected Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, to the University of Reading on Thursday 16th November, 6-8pm, Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley.


As a high profile, passionate public speaker, activist, and campaigner, Jess Phillips more than trebled her Labour majority in the recent 2017 General Election. Before becoming an MP, she worked with victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking and has stated: “I continue to speak out on the behalf of those who struggle to have their voices heard” (Everywoman, 2017). This determination to “speak out” on the behalf of others, together with her well-publicised doubts about the leadership of the Labour Party, has made her a target to relentless on social media.


Jess Phillips will be giving a talk between 6:00 and 6:45pm, followed by a Q&A session coordinated by Dr Mark Shanahan from the Department of Politics, promised to generate lively debate and new perspective on a range of crucial contemporary issues. A book signing of Jess Phillip’s recent publication Everywoman will follow the Q&A (copies will be available to purchase at the event).


While entry to the event is free, there will be opportunity for a voluntary contribution to a charity nominated by Jess Phillips, working to protect vulnerable women, throughout the evening. The Spark has been informed that spaces to this event are limited. Early booking is highly recommended: to book your slot, please register at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/about-event-register.aspx


For more information, contact Dr Madeleine Davies: Department of English Literature at m.k.davies@reading.ac.uk


We look forward to seeing you there!

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