It’s been a busy year
I have had a busy year and am now looking forward to spending time with my family over the festive season. In April I was confirmed as one of the six new european candidates for the Labour party and the elections are only six months away now. I have enjoyed meeting Labour party members and talking to the public all across London about the campaign. Next year the campaign steps up a gear as I will be working really hard to ensure that the Labour party double the number of MEP’s in the European parliament and increase the number of Labour councillors across London. I will also be speaking at a number of events about the up-coming elections, you can find out where I’ll be on my out and about page.
I had a really useful time visiting the Council of Europe and European parliament in Strasbourg this month. I attended the plenary session and saw where women’s rights were voted down by Conservative and right wing MEP’s. I also attended the civil liberties committee, where Claude Moraes MEP is leading an inquiry into the sharing of our personal data in the USA. I attended two events with the Europeans lobby whilst I was there, one about how we can take stronger action against rape and one to watch a film screening about the experiences of migrant women across Europe. I had a catch up with my mentor, Mojca Kleva MEP and am looking forward to helping her with her re-election campaign in Slovenia in April and she will also return the favour and help me campaign here in London also. I also plan to visit the European parliament again in Brussels a number of times next year, to continue to learn more about the role of MEP’s in parliament.
I was delighted to find out that I have been shortlisted for a grassroot diplomat award for my work in equality and diversity. You can find out more about the awards here.
Seasons greetings to you and yours.
Me and my mentor Mojca Kleva MEP, discussing the importance of the European Women’s lobby mentoring project in the European parliament in Strasbourg. You can find out more about the project here.