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.
To all my campaign supporters,
I have been overwhelmed with the messages of support I have received for my campaign to become London’s newest MEP. For this to become a reality I really need your help. I need to reach out to all the labour party members in London so that I top the ballot which will increase my chances of being elected. This is going to need a lot of resources which is purely self-financed and so any donations you can make would be really helpful from £1 to £1000 (or more!).
Please visit my updated website in order to make a donation, which will be gratefully received. My campaign provides the Labour party a unique opportunity to make history; will you be a part of it?
If you would like to be a part of my historic campaign which would mean when elected that I would be the first female MEP of African Caribbean heritage to ever sit in the European Parliament, please get in touch.
Click the following link to read the press coverage of my camapign to date:
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.