I am looking forward to attending the final plenary session of 2013 of the European parliament in Strasbourg from the 9-11th. This will give me an opportunity to see how plenary sessions operate and how MEP’s vote on important issues. I will also have a catch up with my mentor in the European parliament, Mojca Kleva MEP about the life of an MEP and how she balances work and family commitments. I am being sponsored by the European Women’s lobby to attend as part of their European mentoring project which you can find out more about here.
During my time in Strasbourg I will be attending two events. The European Women’s Lobby will be hosting an event: “Promote Human Rights, Act against Rape!” that will take place on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 10 December. This will be an opportunity to reassert that women’s rights are human rights and bring to the attention of members of the European Parliament that rape is a persistent violation of women’s rights, while demanding justice and support for victims of rape. I will also be attending the screening of a film called, This is My Home Now, which follows the stories of three migrant women living in Europe.
I have been busy over the past couple of weeks, attending a joint health overview and scrutiny session with Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Waltham Forest and Redbridge about the proposed changes to cancer services across East London. The proposal from NHS England, is to reduce the number of sites where certain specialist interventions are carried out. I stated that I did not have anything against the proposal in principle, but was concerned about increased journey time for my residents. I attended fundraising dinners in Romford, Brent, Barking and Newham to raise much needed funds for the European and local elections in May 2014.
I attended a consultation meeting hoisted by BAME on the new race equality strategy strategy the Labour party recently launched. Keith Vaz MP and Sharon Hodgson MP attended as well as Jennette Arnold AM and Simon Wooley from Operation Black vote. On 23 October 2013, the Labour Party launched a consultation on its race equality strategy. Realising One Nation: Developing a new race equality strategy for Labour is a consultation designed to kick start the process of developing the strategy, ideas and policies that will help a future Labour government to take down the barriers that exist for black and ethnic minority people in our economy, society and politics. Submissions are welcomed from individuals and organisations.
I am a committee member of the Labour Movement for Europe as well as the GMB Womens committee and both had meetings which I attended and fed into, where an exciting program of work is being developed by both for 2014. I attended a campaign briefing session for all European candidates across the UK, which was held in Euston, where we heard from Douglas Alexander MP, Glennis Wilmot MEP and Iain McNichol about the exciting plans for the European campaign strategy. I am looking forward to attending the London Labour summit later this month, where we hear more about the campaign strategy for London local elections and the general elections.
I have been continuously campaigning on the doorstep for Labour for the upcoming European and local elections which are only six months away now. I attended sessions in Forest Gate with London Young Labour, Croydon and a session in Redbridge with Mikes Gapes MP. There was a positive response on the doorstep for Labour in all areas.