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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.
I reported in November that former French president Nicholas Sarkozy would be questioned by a judge in Bordeaux over bribery allegations. The charge is that Sarkozy – affectionately known as “Mr Bling” – accepted more than half a million pounds from Liliane Bettencourt to help fund his 2007 presidential campaign and promised Bettencourt tax breaks in return. He has now been placed under formal investigation by a judge read the full story here.
I was delighted when last month the Party of European Socialist’s (PES), Deputy Secretary General, Marije Laffeber invited me to speak to this year’s PES activists forum in Budapest from the 8th to the 10th of March. I spoke at the workshop on the topic “An alternative message to the far right”. To read my report about how the forum went click here.
The French president Francois Hollande, last week snubbed British Prime Minister David Cameron at his drive to reduce the proposed EU budget, in which he eventually succeeded. You can read the full article here.
I was excited to see that I had been shortlisted for my second award of the year. The Dods Women in Public Life Awards celebrate women leaders in society and seek to recognise and promote the work of women in politics, business, the civil service and community leadership. It is so important to highlight the achievement of women in public life as they are so under-represented in this area. I hope that by at least being shortlisted, other women will be encouraged to join me in this field.
The Awards which are now in their sixth year, aim to highlight the achievements of outstanding women role models amongst us. I have been shortlisted for Local Government Personality of the year. You can read the shortlist for this category here and for all the various categories here.
As part of the PRECIOUS Success Leadership series they asked a range of change management thinkers, business owners, experts, women and men from a range of industries: ‘What Does Leadership Mean to You?’ I wrote about the importance of political leadership. You can read the full article here.
The professional networking website LinkedIn is celebrating reaching 200 million members In view of this, they were letting their members know their individual reach and statistics. It turns out that that I have one of the top 1% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012. You can view my professional LinkedIn profile here.
I was thrilled to find out earlier this week that I had been shortlisted from over 250 entries for Young Councillor of the year in the annual Local Government information unit awards which will take place on the 25th February 2013. I am shortlisted with a field of exceptional young councillors (including those who did not make the shortlist), who have made a huge difference to their communities, which we were elected to serve. Two other councillors from Barking and Dagenham were shortlisted in other categories which really shows our borough is forging ahead in tough times.
You can read the full announcement and shortlisted candidates in all the categories here.
In June 2012 David Cameron said that Britain would roll out the red carpet for wealthy French nationals wanting to leave France due to François Holllande’s implementation of the 75% tax rate for those earning over one million euros per annum. Fast forward to January 2013 and Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Secretary is now offering to roll out the red carpet for UK businesses if the UK votes to leave the European Union.
Read the full article here.
Last week I was invited as a guest speaker at the Tottenham GC meeting, to speak about how I successfully won my council seat from the BNP London Regional Coordinator, Robert Bailey to become the youngest woman on the council. I also spoke about the rise of the far right across Europe.
I was asked a number of questions ranging from how we engaged with BME communities, what I thought about David Cameron’s speech on Europe to what we could do to tackle the far right in Eastern Europe.
At the end of the meeting I was so pleased that members said that they felt inspired to go and reconnect with their local community, based on our success in Barking. It’s only by closly connecting with our electorate that a Labour government will be able to take control in 2015.