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This week has been another busy one. I have written two blog posts. The first is about why gender should be on the political agenda, based on my personal experience of being the youngest woman on Barking and Dagenham council. The article can be read on the Fabian review online here. My second article of the week was about why the closure of walk-in centres, particularly the Broad Street centre in Dagenham may lead to health inequalities. The article can be read on the 2020 health website here. I attended the Hornchurch and Upminster Labour party monthly meeting to update them about the priorities of the European campaign, which evolved into an interesting debate on whether the UK should stay in or out of the European Union.
I will spend the weekend campaigning in Croydon with London MEP’s and MEP candidates and Forest Gate with London Young Labour. I was glad to be able to play in part in helping Harrow Labour with their recent bye-election and was delighted to hear that Glen Hearnden was elected as a Labour councillor on the 7th November.
I was a guest on the OHTV (Sky 199) Real talk show on Thursday, where we debated plastic surgery, the American ‘stand your ground’ law and prostate cancer. There was a great response online and many emails coming in today still continuing on the debate! For any of you that might have missed the show, it will be repeated at the following dates and times on sky channel 199:
Friday 15th November at 15.30
Saturday 16th November at 16.00
Monday 18th November at 22.00
Tuesday 19th November at 15.30
This is a picture with me and the other two guests, Luther and Erica alongside the show’s host Trish Adudu.
The challenges that we face in London in relation to health are also problems that face Europe as a whole. In order to tackle these challenges head on, we need to work together with the member states so that we can find solutions to the common problems we face and reduce health inequalities all across Europe, as well as create a more cohesive approach to developing policy to address these. Read my article on the 2020 health website about why being part of the European Union is better for health outcomes here.
In my experience, we can fight the far right by showing that it brings false solutions and that Labour’s economic and social policies deliver results. Read my article about how we tackle the rise of the far right on the Fabian society review here.
On Tuesday 15th October, 2013, I attended a listening event hosted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are running listening events for each of the first 18 NHS trusts that they are inspecting under our new model. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) is currently being inspected under this model. You can read my article on the issues I highlighted at this event on the Havering Fabian Society website here.
I was delighted to win the category of local government personality of the year at the 2013 Dod’s and FDA Women in public life awards. I feel really humbled and privileged to have won this award, considering the other shortlisted women in this category and their achievements. It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work in the local community but the most important thing is that the residents of Barking and Dagenham put their trust in me to represent them on the council. I am determined that this achievement will only serve as further encouragement to us all to break down the barriers to women getting involved in public life.
You can see all of the award winners here.
The awards were presented at a public sector conference for women in leadership in London on 12 September. Judges included Baroness Glenys Kinnock and Laura Kuenssberg, ITV’s Business Editor. The awards, in association with ActionAid UK the international development organisation, celebrate women leaders in society, seeking to recognising and promote the work of women in politics, business the civil service and community leadership.
I have had a fantastic time meeting and campaigning with Labour party members from all across London, during the first four months of my European candidature. I have been thrilled with how much support there is for the European campaign and for the UK to have a strong voice in Europe. All Labour party members have the chance to vote in the ballot to rank all of the candidates and I am asking members to support me as their first choice candidate. The ballot closes at 5pm on wednesday 31st July. It is too late to vote by post, but you can still vote online, with the security codes in your ballot pack. You can watch a video of my priorities for the European campaign here.
I was delighted when the London Region of the Coop Party sent out an email to all of it’s members, asking them to support Co-operative members in the MEP Ballot. As a member of the Cooperative Party, I think that’s it’s really important that Co-operative values are promoted all across Europe. This week I attended the Carshalton and Wallington CLP Social, which was held in the fantastic Hope Pub. It was at threat of closure, when the local community stepped in and now run it as a Co-operative. The staff were very friendly and the food and atmosphere was great. This is just one of the many examples of how a Co-operative approach can bring real benefits to a local community.
You can read the full text of the email that was sent to London members of the Coop Party below:
Dear London Co-operative Party member,
You will by now have received ballot papers from the Labour Party for the selection of their European Parliamentary Candidates for 2014 (if you are also a Labour Party member). In this ballot, you are asked to put the candidates who have been chosen in a priority order. The deadline for return of ballot papers is 31st July.
We are writing to you to urge that you vote (in whichever order you feel appropriate) for those candidates who are members of the Co-operative Party.
The following candidates are members of the Co-operative Party, and are listed simply in alphabetical order rather than in any suggested priority order :
Mary Honeyball MEP http://thehoneyballbuzz.com
Claude Moraes MEP http://www.claudemoraes.com
New Candidates for MEP
Sanchia Alasia http://sanchiaalasia.com
Lucy Anderson http://www.lucyanderson.org
Seb Dance http://www.sebdance.com
This selection ballot will make a real difference to who represents London in the European Parliament. On current polling, Labour would gain more seats than the two that we currently hold.
Co-operation and mutuality are international as well as national and local issues, and it is important that the co-operative agenda and perspectives are not forgotten at a European level. There is a strong co-operative tradition and presence amongst many of our European partners – upon which we and they can build with further co-operative voices and action in the European Parliament.
We urge you to use your vote – and in the co-operative interest.
Yours in co-operation,
London Co-operative Party
London Co-operative Party
address : 77 Weston Street SE1 3SD
email : email@example.com
@unisontweets Linda Perks, Regional Secretary, UNISON Greater London Region, urges London UNISON members of the Labour Party to support me in the ballot
I was really honoured that Linda Perks, Regional Secretary of the UNISON Greater London Region, recently sent out an email to all London UNISON members of the Labour party. Her email urged UNISON members to support the UNISON MEP candidates in the ballot that is currently occurring.
It is really crucial that UNISON members vote in this ballot to rank candidates from 1 to 6 to determine their order on the list. The London region needs strong voices in Europe, people with the drive and determination to work with the trade unions in Europe on equality and employment issues. With my experience and skill I will be able to make very positive differences and be a proactive MEP for London, representing the interest of ordinary workers at the European level.
You can read the full text of the email here.
Im delighted that my trade union, UNISON has endorsed my campaign to become London’s newest MEP. As a trade union steward and executive member at my UNISON branch my vision for Europe includes a social Europe. Read their endorsement below:
For many years now Sanchia has been a trade unionist and a campaigner at a regional, national and European level. Her campaign to defeat the BNP in Barking, led to her defeating the London Regional Coordinator of the BNP and she now wants to kill off the far right across Europe. She is rightly proud of her trade union roots and having seen our employment rights being eroded under this Tory led government, is determined to defend and strengthen the social Europe agenda. Her experience and knowledge about employment and anti-discrimination law is much needed in Europe. UNISON is delighted to endorse her campaign.”
The London region needs strong voices in Europe, someone with the drive and determination to work with the trade unions in Europe on equality and employment issues. Sanchia has worked as an equality campaigner for many years now, which gives her an excellent platform to fight for equality and workers’ rights in Europe, to get a better deal for our workers. With this experience and skill, Sanchia will be able to make very positive differences for London and will be a proactive MEP for London, representing the interest of ordinary workers at the European level. We urge UNISON and Labour party members to support Sanchia in the ballot.
UNISON, London Region
I have had a busy but great time last week meeting Labour party members across London as part of my European campaign. It started off with me attending the Harrow Labour fundraiser with guest speaker Stephen Twigg, where I met members and talked about why I was standing to be MEP. On Wednesday I was the guest speaker at the Uxbridge and South Ruislip GC meeting where I spoke about the fight against the BNP in Barking. Members there mentioned a BNP presence in their area. On Thursday I attended a very well supported Brent Labour fundraiser, where I met a fantastic diverse group of talented Labour party members and councillors. I was given exactly one minute (timed!) about why people should vote me number one on their ballot papers. On Friday I addressed the Leyton and Wanstead GC meeting about the fight against the BNP. Looking forward to meeting many more Labour party members and comrades over the duration of my campaign.