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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sanchia Alasia is a Labour Councillor for Alibon Ward in Barking and Dagenham and a specialist in equality and diversity.
Sanchia was one of the Labour Party candidates for the European elections in 2014 in the London region.
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