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.

Tottenham GC Meeting

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.

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European fascists set to benefit from EU funding

Last week I wrote an article for Left Foot forward about why nationalist political parties like the UK’s BNP and France’s Front National party would be rubbing their hands in glee. Their positions are set to be potentially strengthened by gaining monies of €400,000 for 2012, funded by the European Parliament. Monies are set to be allocated over the next two weeks.  Read the article here.

Labour Movement for Europe National Executive Election

I am standing in the Labour Movement for Europe (LME) National Executive Election.  If you are a member of LME do consider voting for me, my name is the first one on the ballot paper.  I believe that with my proven campaign experience, that I have the skills to ensure that LME becomes a more influential voice for Europe within the Labour party and beyond.

To find out more about LME and join click here.

The role of trade unions in Europe

I wrote a guest blog this week for John Gray who is a Labour party councillor in the East London Borough of Newham, a trade union activist and Chair of the UNISON, regional London Labour link committee.  I wrote about the role of trade unions in Europe and the article can be read here.

Good neighborhood scheme awards ceremony

This weekend I received a community leadership award for the work I do to represent my constituents in Barking and my work as chair of the health and adult services scrutiny committee, at the good neighborhood scheme awards ceremony, which was held in Barking.


It was an honor to accept this award, although my passion for community representation does not come from external recognition but seeing the difference in the lives of people I represent when I am able to intervene in their particular circumstances which spur me on.

Le Pen’s Fascists bar press from their Reichsparteitag

The far right party in France, le Front National, held its party conference over the weekend.  Read my article about what happened on left foot forward. #france #frontnational #marinelepen #jeanmarielepen

We must keep on our toes

This week I wrote an article for Progress, which is the New Labour pressure group which aims to promote radical and progressive politics for the 21st century.  I was responding to their recent series on fighting the far-right which has been engaging and thought-provoking.  My experience of tackling the far right comes from my own personal fight, that won my council seat from the BNP’s London regional coordinator Robert Bailey, to become the youngest woman on Barking and Dagenham council. You can read the article here.

There is no room for complacency

Read my latest article on left foot forward about the far right in France here

ASK Project

Alibon and Parsoles wards have recently launched the advice, support and kindness project.  This has been done in conjunction with the local churches  schools and voluntary organisations.  The project will provide food parcels to the most vulnerable and needy residents living in these wards.  If you are able to donate tins and packets of food then please contact Councillor Darren Rodwell on 020 8593 1947 or email

If you want to pick up a food parcel then you can visit St Georges church on Rogers Road on Sundays between 3-5pm or the Dagenham Congregational Church in Osbourne Square on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

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