Jess Phillips was elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 election. Before being elected she was a manager at a charity supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence. She is an equalities campaigner, a mom and a community activist. She lives in Birmingham with her husband Tom, a lift engineer and her 2 young sons. She spent her childhood in Yardley where both her parents were born and raised in the then newly built council estates.

Jess has dedicated her career to improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Since she began working for a local Women’s Aid she has developed offering a home to women and children fleeing violence, a new sexual exploitation support service for children, a home for victims of human trafficking and schools education programmes to help prevent local kids becoming victims of violence. In her time at the charity the services she has created with her colleagues have supported thousands of women and children and the prevention programme she devised has been delivered to over 5000 children in the West Midlands and many further afield.

Jess is dedicated to making sure that peoples voices are heard and to getting people involved and inspired to take part. She understands that people just want a decent job, to be able to afford their rent, for their kids to go to a good local school and to be happy, safe and healthy because that’s what she wants for her family too

Janice Long will be conducting an “In Conversation With Jess Phillips”. This will focus on discussing Jess’ new book ‘Everywoman’, in which she writes about her life and it’s relationship to her Labour politics.