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Allie and I set up our stall at the above event which was a second celebration of International Women's Day in Exeter.
This event was organised by Devon United Women and we attracted many of the women who attended to look at our brochures and display literature and sign our petition cards re protecting Women's Rights within the Brexit negotiations which will be sent to David Davies M.P.


We also joined up one new member and talked to many who stopped at the stall during the 5 hours we were there and were the only political party who participated in the event.


Many thanks to Rose and Lucy who also came to help run the stall.


Margaret Clark

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Womens stall at Cultural Diversity event on 18/3 at Corn Exchange

Allie and I set up our stall at the above event which was a second celebration of International Women's Day in Exeter.This event was organised by Devon United Women and...

Paul Bull was 'a quiet but solid champion of the Labour and Co-operative causes', says Luke Pollard, reflecting on the life of NEC member Paul Bull, who passed away on Sunday.

With his long hair and ever-present bum bag Paul Bull looked an unlikely role model. A Plymouth Argyle supporter living in Exeter, he managed to combine a passion for Devon’s two competing cities with ease. A champion of co-operative values, Paul served our party in various capacities but most recently as the South West’s Co-operative Party NEC delegate. His death leaves us poorer as a region and as a movement.

News of his passing has hit us hard in the south west because Paul was one of those people you simply couldn’t imagine not being there. The ever-present smiling gent, encouraging and supportive, he will be remembered not just as a good, decent man, but as someone who campaigned for and represented his community and his beliefs with true humility and passion.

From the doorstep canvassing sessions in Cowick and St Thomas, the communities he represented in Exeter, to election battles across the region, Paul was a quiet but solid champion of the Labour and Co-operative causes. The lead for communities and culture on Exeter City Council, he managed to promote his city, his ward and his values effortlessly and simultaneously. 

The memories and tributes shared online since the news of his death both from friends in the Labour and co-operative movement and our political opponents speak to a man held in high regard by all those who met. A kind patient man, Paul was rarely rushed, taking time to speak to and understand all those around him.

His participation in local groups, in co-operatives, the Exeter Pound local currency and community causes marked him out as one of the co-op movement’s heroes: quietly and passionately getting on with the task of making the world a better place one person at a time, giving everyone the time they deserved and each cause the attention it deserved. Whether you knew Paul or not, we all know someone like Paul. He was the type of person valued by all those around him.

Everyone active in our movement in the Westcountry will recognise his encouragement and support at meetings, the fabled South West Weekend School in Torquay and on the streets. Paul represented the very best of our movement: calm, considered and considerate and willing to stand up to be counted. 

Paul was a one off, but there’s someone like Paul in all our communities getting on with it without fanfare or ceremony. I wish I had had the chance to say these words to him because he deserved our thanks for all his efforts for our party and movement. For the Paul in your party and your community please do not leave it until they pass to say how much we value them and what they do for us all. 

Paul Bull passed away after a battle with cancer on Sunday evening with his wife Rachel at his side. He was taken from us at the age of 60, far too early. Our thoughts are with Rachel, and comrades and co-operators in Exeter Labour and the South West Co-operative Party. 

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Remembering Cllr Paul Bull

Paul Bull was 'a quiet but solid champion of the Labour and Co-operative causes', says Luke Pollard, reflecting on the life of NEC member Paul Bull, who passed away on...

International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It is the one day of the year that some effort is made to focus on women and their struggle for gender equality – the other 364 days being de facto International Men’s Day.

International Women’s Day has socialist routes. The first Women’s Day was in 1909 and was organised by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of a strike held by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union.

Women’s movements in other countries began to commemorate the day and IWD was born. The first celebration in the UK was 1914 with a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square. Unfortunately, the keynote speaker never made it – Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested at Charring Cross Station on her way to speak.

IWD gives us a chance to reflect. Certainly, some steps have been made since 1909, however, we have a long way to go. Despite women making up 50% of the population, women do not make up 50% of MPs, Boardrooms and other institutions. Despite an Equal Pay Act women are routinely paid less than men. The list goes on.

It also gives us an opportunity to think about how history is taught. Why is it when we think of the development of the computer we think of Babbage and Turing and not Ada Lovelace. When it comes to aviation, why do we not learn about Lotfia ElNadi.

Exeter Labour Party has a proud history of amazing women councillors who have made real change in their communities. Through the hard work of the Women’s Council, Exeter Labour Party became the first ruling group on a Council to have gender parity and now has a great selection of candidates being put forward for the Devon County Council elections in May. There is however, much still to do.

Let us honour the women of 1908 by continuing to drive the change they campaigned to see.

 By Rob Lambert

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It is the one day of the year that some effort is made to focus on women and...

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