In May 2018 I was elected to be a Labour councillor in my home ward of Junction in Islington. This was the best result for Islington Labour since 1974 and I am very proud that for the first time more than half of Islington councillors are women. I sit on the planning committee and the licensing committee as well as the Policy and Performance Scrutiny committee and am proud to be the Arts Champion for the borough.
Fabian Women’s Network
Having been a mentee on the 2016/7 mentoring programme run by the Fabian Women’s Network for women interested in public/political life, I was keen to become more involved.
In 2017 I stood and was selected to be a member of the Executive Committee. Since the committee were elected, we have held a high profile event on Women in Artificial Intelligence, carried out a survey of women to compile ways of combating sexism at work and in political spaces and we are currently building a toolkit of best practice in relation to local authority support for women experiencing different forms of homelessness.
Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme
I was selected in participate in the 2016/7 inaugural Jo Cox Women In Leadership Programme run by the Labour Women’s Network in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation. I have shadowed MPs and CEOs of national charities, become a part of a national network of ambitious female Labour councillors and trades unionists and received training on leadership, public speaking, public relations and negotiating.
My Labour Values
I have been a member of the Labour party for over 20 years. I believe passionately in Labour’s core values – social justice, decency and reward for hard work.
My father is an Indian immigrant who trained as a teacher in this country and worked in the public sector. My mother was from a working class background in Scotland, leaving school at fifteen, she went to night school, joined the civil service and advanced to work for Tony Benn. I believe that the circumstances that allowed my parents to prosper – full employment, affordable housing, social mobility, a culture of aspiration and a functioning welfare state – were catastrophically undermined during Thatcher’s prime ministership and that a period of long term, planned and coherent Labour government is all that can offer hope to generation Y and millennials who, presently, cannot afford further education, have no job security, no prospect of home ownership and face the spectre of an impoverished later life. I joined the Labour party because I believe that from those to whom much is given (in my case excellent comprehensive schooling, free university education, job opportunities and a stable and loving familial environment) much is expected. I want to be at the forefront of a Labour movement that has as its prime objective securing long term change through the parliamentary process to foster social cohesion, promote fairness and reduce the vast disparity in wealth and opportunity between Britain’s richest and poorest.