First Women’s Equality Party Conference

When Sandi Toksvig and Catherine Mayer announced the formation of a brand new feminist political party, grown women wept.

sophieI know they did, because they told me about it in their droves at the historic WEP conference in Manchester.

With Suffragette purple decor and a selection of intelligent and humorous speakers, there was plenty of personal investment alongside the political – but will it make for a new landscape in Westminister?

It seems that winning the race isn’t leader Sophie Walker’s number one priority – it’s more about putting a scare into their opponents.

Read my piece on the New Statesman here.


Photographer’s voyage to record exhausted refugees in Paris

The migrants who were moved on from Calais are still following a desperate path in hope of a new life.

Photographer Guillaume Pinonpay-lastdaysinparisguillaumepinon2016-5-2 snapped the crowds of people fleeing countries such as Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan who still haven’t found a home.

He captured moments on the Greek islands and trailed the Hegyeshalom-Nickelsdorf border crossing between Hungary and Austria, as well as visiting the Calais Jungle and the Moroccan city of Ceuta.

The pictures show how so many people are lurching from desperation to hopelessness without an end in sight.

Read the piece – and see the images – on the Mirror here.

Muslim charity collects warm clothing for homeless

A humanitarian aid organisation more commonly used to helping oa-homeless-woman-sits-near-trafalgar-squareut in Syria and Gaza turned its attention to Britain for the colder weather.

Human Appeal has offered emergency aid around the world including areas hit by earthquakes and war.

But when it came to Greater Manchester’s 3,500 homeless and the plummeting winter temperatures, the charity took the only step they could – collecting warm clothing for those in need close to home.

Read about the amazing Wrap Up Manchester initiative on the Mirror here.