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There are many reasons why I want to be the next London Assembly member for Enfield and Haringey. As a candidate, I bring a very diverse background to the table. I was born in London and have lived in London for most of my life to a working-class family in NorthEast London, going to a school that was previously in special measures to eventually graduating from a good university. This shaped my view that the best path towards a good life is education, and it is our duty to deliver those opportunities. Realising I was gay at a young age and experiencing discrimination and bullying first-hand shaped my views of social justice and fairness.
Since I've been born, it feels like London has changed a lot. Demographically, there are huge shifts – politically, even bigger. Something as seemingly innocuous as the creation of the Greater London Authority has changed London massively – we have Oyster cards, Boris Bikes (as dreamed up by our own Lynne Featherstone), the London Overground and TfL Rail (soon to be Crossrail). Putting London in control of its own destiny has made London a much better place to live already. I know London can be better though. At the same time as all this progress has been a worrying slip on some issues – housing is the big social and demographic time-bomb we have on our hands. We need to act now unless we want a generation of pensioners on housing benefit.
In the shorter term, the housing problem is causing an intolerable house-of-living crisis. In Haringey, many residents spend 50% of their weekly earnings on rent. This cannot be allowed to continue. Air pollution has become a bigger issue in London. We need a big, bold approach to reducing air pollution that blights the lives of everyone across London. We need to build on London Assembly reports looking at the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street; we need to be radical looking at schemes that will reduce this as a problem. The issue of Heathrow will loom large in this election and we must, again, be the only major party unambiguously against a third runway. Local infrastructure cannot take it, local residents do not want it and our environment will not allow it.
I want to be part of a strong London Liberal Democrat team campaigning and hammering out our distinctive message – we need a full-time Mayor who will stand up for all of London, not just Zone 1, a Liberal Democrat team who will tackle the housing crisis, a team that can be trusted with the future of London Underground and delivering Crossrail, a team that will work hard to protect local services as we have done since 2012. We have a proud record in London, and we will continue to have one – but only if we continue to shout about it.
Being from North-East London, the way in which the North is distinct from the rest of London resonates with me. Enfield and Haringey is no exception. When I canvassed during the General Election in places like Highgate, Bounds Green and Muswell Hill, I realised something: these were our voters – they had not left us, so much as they had felt we left them. They are socially liberal progressives with social justice at their heart. A large number of them stayed with us, but there is still a large number that we need to win back next year, and in years to come.
I want to win these people back. If shortlisted and selected to be the Liberal Democrat London Assembly candidate for Enfield and Haringey constituency, I will fight tirelessly to deliver our unique message, to fight for our unique values and to deliver a victory for our party across London and to elect more London Assembly members in 2016.
Working with other Executive Members to formulate better policies and promote mental health awareness within the Liberal Democrats.
Attended all hustings invited to, ran a small stakeboard operation, designed and put out an addressed non-split freepost and replied to lobbying e-mails.
- Calling Executive meetings
- Organising big speaker events
- Representing the Local Party to the University branch
- Acting as a point of liaison between the Local Party and the University branch
- Member of Steering Group that run 'YES to Equal Marriage' campaign on campus - winning with 73% of the vote
- Chair of Steering Group that run 'lobbying the Lords' campaign - designing, printing and addressing literature and key groups for second reading vote
- Oversaw institutional reform that made the Campaign more independent from the Student Union
- Attended Executive meetings
- Attended and ran monthly forums
- Representing Kent Union to the National Union of Students
- Attending training sessions
- Attending NUS LGBT Conference 2013
- Attending bi-monthly meetings
- Lobbying for Oyster extension to Thurrock
- Representing Grays commuters to Management
- Advising on better customer-facing responses to operational issues
I have blogged on my website, on LibDemVoice and on EHR.Scot
I have written policy for Liberal Youth and spoken on policy at Federal Conference
I have authored campaigns e-mails before and helped produce political messaging
I have organised action days, clerical sessions and helped organise teams to work together to campaign
I have helped produce timelines, costed plans, literature, strategies, etc. for national and local political campaigns