Following the news that one of our fantastic councillors, Maggie Barradell, has had to resign in order to undertake family caring responsibilities outside of the Brighton area, I have decided to seek nomination to be the Labour Candidate in the up and coming by-election.
Maggie has been an absolutely fantastic councillor, and her leaving is a real shame. I have worked with Maggie very closely over the year (in her role as Chief Whip and my role as Chair of the District Party). In standing to fill Maggie shoes, I realise that it will be a hard task to replace such as formidable local councillor, but I hope will serve the people of East Brighton as she has.
East Brighton is where I have lived for a number of years and I was born here and I had my formative years and education near by. It therefore seems the appropriate time to commit to serving our community.
I will in the coming days write more about my intention. I still have to undergo a shortlisting process and interview by a panel of party members, but I hope to be on the final shortlist drawn up for East Brighton members to choose from on the 18th June.
I have had paid employment in the Youth Service in Lewes and Peacehaven, with the National Youth Agency in Leicester, at the University of Bradford and more recently for the United Nations in New York.
I care about our youth services, decent housing and transportation. I have a personal interest in advocacy for people in relation to health, development and improving the environment.
I have been a director of a cooperative cafe, set up a housing cooperative and sat on a number of cooperative bodies and boards and I am a member of the Cooperative Party. Last year I stood for parliament in Lewes, doubling the vote, and have also stood for other by-elections, in various places, increasing the vote each time.
For many years I have been a union member, originally with Unison and now jointly with Unite (Community Section) and GMB (Sussex Branch).
During the short selection process I will step back from my role as Chair of the Brighton,
and District Labour Party for the purposes of this by-election. If you have any questions please contact me on 01273 252929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to speak to you soon.