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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.

A unique opportunity to make history #sanchia4mep

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.


@sanchia4europe #sanchia4mep

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Barking and Dagenham Post

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.

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.

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