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Labour increases it’s share of the vote across the UK

Well the European and local elections are now over and I have had a little time to rest. I was disappointed not to win a seat in the European elections, but delighted that I was part of a fantastic London Labour party campaign machine, where I was able to contribute to a triumphant result in London.  The Labour party gained two extra MEP’s, with a swing of over 15% to become the first party in London.  Congratulations to Claude Moraes, Mary Honeyball, Lucy Anderson and Seb Dance who will now represent us in the European Parliament.  I will always treasure our memories on the campaign trail over the past year.  Thank you to all my supporters, well wishers, family and friends.  Without your support I could not have got through the hectic schedule that being a European candidate brings.

Labour also increased its share of the vote in all the other UK regions in the European elections and are now also the largest party in the local government association (LGA), which is fantastic news.

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I stood for re-election in Barking and Dagenham and was delighted when the residents of Alibon ward voted for me to serve them for another four years.  UKIP stood candidates in each ward in the borough but we saw them off just as we saw off the BNP in 2010 with a further 5% swing to Labour.  I look forward to working hard in my ward and with my fellow councillors across the borough, during these tough times to make it a better place to live and work for everyone.

Weekly campaign update

Hello all
I enjoyed talking about why women are better off in Europe with the Enfield Women’s Forum last week, participating in the debate at the Havering Fabian society with Jon Cruddas MP about where the Labour party is now and how we win the 2015 general elections, attending the monthly London Labour party quiz, where Caroline Flint MP was quiz master and where myself and Seb Dance (MEP candidate) team came second and attending a fantastically well supported East Ham Labour party fundraising dinner with Rachel Reeves – which was organised by Cllr Unmesh Desai who has a track record on organizing successful events! Finally, it was great to help deliver over 1,700 newspapers in Alibon ward, where I am a councillor, letting the residents know about Barking Labour’s campaign priorities on  health, the closure of Barking police station and rising energy bills.
What I am up to
I will be campaigning in Tower Hamlets on Thursday 6th February to help John Biggs AM become the next mayor of Tower Hamlets along with Heidi Alexander MP and many candidates and local activists.
I am looking forward to going back to Brussels from the 16th-20th February to have a catch up with my mentor, Mojca Kleva MEP and attend some of the committees of the European parliament.  I will also be speaking at an event called ‘My MEP is just like me about Gender Equality and Diversity in European Political Life.  It will be hosted by by MEP Claude Moraes on the 18 FEBRUARY 2014  from 16.15-18.15  at the European Parliament Brussels room A3G2. If you are in Brussels and would like to attend please contact Gina Horst at

EU Parl
Europe has given us many rights and protections this article outlines what we are entitled to as European citizens your EU rights.
Mary Honeyball MEP’ for London has recently produced a Gender 2020 bulletin which can be downloaded here, she has done some sterling work on the womens committee in the European elections.
Labour party NEC Elections
I am supporting four candidates to date, please consider supporting them too.  They need to be nominated by your CLP.
Kate Osamor and Ann Black who are running as one of six candidates backed by the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance to be elected to Labour’s national executive committee as constituency party representatives.
Florence Nosegbe who grew up in an inner-city estate in Brixton, South London and joined the Labour Party because she could see the damage a Lib Dem-Conservative council was doing where she lived which is at the heart of why she wants to stand for the NEC.
Johanna Baxter: who is standing for re-selection to Labour’s National Executive Committee so she can keep Putting Members First.  Johanna has visited over 100 constituencies at her own expense and that’s no mean feat.  She is standing as an independent candidate and deserves to be re-elected onto the NEC as that is no mean feat.
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The rise of the far right in Europe

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Reede Road Tenants Association

I attended the Reede Road Tenants Residents Association meeting this evening.  This association started off with residents in Reede Road, but has extended to include all residents that live in Alibon Ward.  The meeting started off with the police reassuring us that our ward has the lowest crime rate in the borough and the fire in Sterry Road although the cause of the fire is till unknown.  We then had a presentation from DABD a disability organisation in our borough that provides a whole range of services that our residents can take advantage of.  These include advice on entitlements to welfare benefits and advice on this is also provided in the children’s centres in the borough.  They put on Christmas shopping trips to Basildon market and Lakeside shopping centre as well as to popular seaside destinations such as Southend on Sea, Walton on Naze and Clacton on Sea.  They can provide volunteer companions if you do not want to travel alone.  All trips cost £12.50.  They also lend wheelchairs on short term loan, provide maths, english and computing courses and have an independent living shop.  Do visit them on the corner of Parsloes Avenue.

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