I withdrew my application to stand again as Labour Parliamentary Candidate for this 2019 election:
- I am enjoying a busy commitment to my family, especially my very young granddaughter and my elderly father
- There is far too much aggression towards candidates
- The position of the party on remaining in the EU is not as clear-cut as I would have liked
I am pleased and proud to have been a Labour Parliamentary Candidate for the General Election on June 8th, 2017 campaigning to unseat Bernard Jenkin, who has been the Harwich and North Essex Tory MP for twenty-five years. We managed to increase our share of the vote by 50% and we intend to build on that progress.
I wish our candidate, Stephen Rice every success in his campaign and I will be voting for him on December 12th.
I stood in the selection hustings for Colchester Constituency Labour Party, determined that the all women shortlist would be representative of a broad range of the strong women of the left in Colchester. We had a great day of debate an inspiration and elected Tina McKay, a woman who is a true socialist and has been a campaigner for fairness and equality all her life. With your help we can elect a Labour MP for Colchester. She can represent your interests, your rights, and get rid of the scourge of austerity.
Not everyone likes change, but sometimes we need to be bold. I strongly believe our distinctive community needs some fresh thinking and better local support to thrive and grow in the coming years.
I am committed to Labour values and policies for change, and I promise to listen and work hard to end austerity and build community well-being.
I have lived in Wivenhoe for more than twenty-five years. I have raised my children here and live close to my parents. I have been a governor in schools and pupil referral units across the age-range and across the region including Wivenhoe’s Broomgrove School and The Gilberd. I volunteered for the Monday Club, a service to help older residents meet up and make friends.
I am an Environmental Biologist and a lifelong activist on environmental issues. I taught science at the Colne Community School in Brightlingsea and have worked in schools in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich. I also taught in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Until November 2019, I chaired Refugee Action in Colchester, which helps people settle and integrate into our communities.
I was a ward councillor for 4 years.
I understand the importance of family, community and our amazing natural environment to the people of Essex, and the wonderful heritage we have here in Colchester.
Thank you for your curiosity.
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