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Delighted that my trade union has endorsed my European campaign @unisontweets #sanchia4mep

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


Ive had a busy time last week meeting Labour party members across London

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.

Sarkozy’s case heats up #sarkozy #france #hollande

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.

An alternative message to the far right – PES Activist forum

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.

Hollande snubs Cameron

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.

Women in Public Life Awards

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.

What Does Leadership Mean to You?

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.

LinkedIn 200m member milestone

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.

LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2013 – Shortlist announced!

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.


France to roll out the red carpet for UK business

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.

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