My Recent Events

 June 2018

  • The programme of training being run by Islington for new councillors continues. I have been to sessions on planning policy and regulation, how the licensing committee operates, the duties of councillors as corporate parents, how housing allocation works and how to deal with casework.

May 2018

  • I attended the Women Leading in Artificial Intelligence conference held at the London School of Economics and organised by the Fabian Women’s Network.
  • I ran the Hackney Half Marathon. It was a really hot day but a fantastic atmosphere. Lots of locals were out cheering the runners on.
  • As a new councillor it was great to go on a walk of Archway Town Centre along with local business owners, council officers and councillors. We talked about how we can work together to improve our neighbourhood.
  • I went to an event in the Town Hall to celebrate the repeal of section 28 and to hear from LGBT+ activists of all ages about the fight for equality that went on during the 70s, 80s and 90s and the important work that still needs to be done.
  • I was elected to be a councillor in my home ward of Junction in Islington North. The overall result in the borough was the best for Labour since 1974 and means that for the first time ever, Labour have a council that is more than 50% female. I have been elected by the Labour Group to sit on both the Planning and the Licensing Committees and also to sit on the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee. I am also proud to be the Arts Champion for the borough.

April 2018

  • My article on how we’re failing to turn young people away from crime by putting them in adult jails with no differentiated regime to address their needs was published in the Spring edition of The Fabian Review.
  • Our local MP and leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, came to canvass with council candidates, ward members and the leader of the council, Richard Watts on the Girdlestone Estate. We received a really warm response from residents.
  • I attended the anti racism event on the steps of Islington Town hall to show solidarity with our Muslim friends and neighbours who were being targeted by a hate campaign. We heard from local imams, Jewish leaders, trades unionists and councillors and gave a loud and clear message that we are a united borough that is proud of our diversity.

March 2018

  • The Fabian Women’s Network held an event in London celebrating the spirit of the suffragists. We heard from MPs Stella Creasy and Rosie Duffield and from activists Seyi Akiwowo (who founded GlitchUK to tackle online hate crime), Gaby Edlin (who set up Bloody Good Period to provide period supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and women who struggle to afford them) and Becca Bunce, Co-director of the ICChange UK campaign.
  • My friend and fellow Fabian Women’s Network Executive Committee member, Shaista Aziz, came to talk to our Junction ward Labour party group about intersectionality and gendered islamaphobia.
  • Islington Labour launched its manifesto for the local government elections in May.
  • I went along to HMP Brixton with some of my IMB colleagues from HMP Pentonville, to visit the prison and meet staff and prisoners. We were able to see some of the excellent work that prison staff do in particular the librarian and the head of catering.
  • I spent the day at a training session run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to learn about public sector finance.

February 2018

  • The local election campaign really ramped up in February and as a candidate in my home ward of Junction, I was out with ward members and fellow candidates canvassing at every opportunity.
  • John Ashworth MP came to talk to our constituency Labour Party general meeting. He spoke eloquently about the crisis in our NHS: how the closure of walk in centres is disproportionately hitting low income mothers, how ambulances are being turned away from hospitals and how GPS and nurses are fleeing the profession.

 January 2018

  • I visited the inclusive circus troupe, Extraordinary Bodies, during their rehearsals at the National Theatre for an upcoming, outdoor show featuring disabled and non disabled aerial performers, dancers and actors. The show will tour the country and will be free for the public to attend. This is political circus that seeks to democratise the arts by widening access and also to foreground the achievenments and abilities of those who this government in particular have marginalised and excluded.
  • Through the Board Apprentice Scheme I am spending this year as a shadow director on the Steering Board of The Intellectual Property Office – an executive agency of the government that deals with all aspects of intellectual property: advising individuals and businesses of their rights and how to protect and monetise them, crafting policy, safeguarding international rights, registering trademarks and applying for patents. I attended an induction day in both the London and the Newport offices where I met with Deputy Directors of the different areas within the organisation to get a sense of their day to day activities and key challenges.
  • Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, came to speak at our monthly constituency Labour Party meeting. He talked about the history of safety legislation and the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower disaster in terms of dangers that now exist largely as a result of nearly a decade of funding cuts to the fire service. He spoke about deregulation, liberalisation of building controls that benefit developers but compromise safety and the loss of non front line staff.
  • I attended a training session at HMP Pentonville on mental health in prisons – how it affects inmates and staff, warning signs, risk factors and interventions to reduce self harm and self inflicted deaths in custody.
  • As Junction ward’s Women’s Officer, I arranged for my Fabian Society colleague, Sara Hyde, to come to speak to our monthly ward meeting on the subject of women’s experience of the criminal justice system. Sara made the case for a holistic approach for women who find themselves caught up within the criminal justice process, investment in women’s centres, focus on early intervention for those with mental health and substance abuse issues and and end to the practice of locking women up for non-violent crimes. Sara reminded us that female prisoners are disproportionately likely to be care leavers and to have experience of sexual abuse and mental health issues.
  • I went to a day long “all levels” introduction to Parkour class in Kennington Park run by Parkour Generations. It was a great experience – exhausting, challenging and occassionally scary!

December 2017

  • I helped to host the Fabian Women’s Network AGM at the Unison headquarters in central London. We heard from Kate Green MP, Angela Rayner MP and Andrew Harrop, General Secretary of the Fabian Society.
  • My ward Labour party had its festive fundraising social event which was attended by Jeremy Corbyn MP. As our MP he pledged to canvass with all sitting councillors and candidates across the 8 wards in Islington North over the coming months.
  • With only a few months to go until the local elections in May 2018, Labour activists in Islington are starting to ramp up the campaigning. I had a great session with my fellow candidates in Junction ward where we discussed strategy with our borough organiser and campaign manager to ensure all three of us are elected. We have been canvassing in some pretty chilly weather across the borough, we’ve had a community meeting to discuss street crime and we are delivering brochures to let voters know how hard Labour run Islington council has been working for ordinary people in the face of huge central government funding cuts.

November 2017

  • I went on a visit to Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution with independent monitoring board colleagues. We saw some fantastic therapeutic work being done by dedicated staff.
  • Having recently been elected to the Executive Committee of the Fabian Women’s Network, I attended my first exec meeting. It was a great chance to discuss how we want to take the 2,000+ strong network of Fabian women forward, what themes we want to contribute to in terms of policy research and how we can operate better as a group of women across the country to support and encourage one another. After the meeting I went to The Fabian Society AGM which began with an enjoyable policy discussion with panelists including Tulip Siddiq MP and Julie Ward MEP. I was really honoured to be awarded the Jenny Jeger Prize 2017 for a piece of shorter writing for my article on the state of our prisons published earlier this year in The Fabian Review.
  • I attended a seminar on current governance issues and the future of AGMs hosted by the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP for whom I used to work. Speakers outlined current government policy on boardroom diversity, executive remuneration and worker representation.

October 2017

  • As part of winning last year’s Bridport Prize I had the opportunity to go to one of The Literary Consultancy’s Industry Days. These events enable a small number of writers to meet with editors of publishing houses and literary agents and with each other to discuss routes to finding a readership, to practice pitching novels and to hear about current trends in the publishing industry. The day was held at the Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell which is a venue that hosts events and provides a home to organisations that champion freedom of expression.
  • I attended a Year 7 parents’ evening at Acland Burghley School where I am a governor. We heard from the headteacher and other senior leaders and also from parents and the chair of governors. The focus was on celebrating recent academic achievement and to hear about the steps the school is putting in place to ensure consistently excellent teaching across year groups and subjects. We also heard about the newly invigorated PTA and their exciting plans to build an inclusive community of teachers, children, carers and members of the wider community to support children in their learning.
  • At this month’s constituency Labour Party meeting, we heard from Zita Holbourne on the subject of black workers, their struggles in the work place, the disproportionate impact of austerity on this community and the structural impediments to organisation. We also heard from one of the Picture House cinema workers recently dismissed for taking strike action against their employer, Cineworld. It was shocking to hear about the poor pay received by workers in this organisation and how their grievances have been dismissed by management.
  • I went to the Southbank Centre’s WOW (Women of the World) Festival in Exeter. WOW was founded in 2010 and WOW festivals now take place in 20 cities across 5 continents. The WOW movement seeks to enable women to raise their voices in support of positive change to effect gender equality worldwide.  I spent part of my time at the festival working with my friend and theatre director, Claire Hodgson, to capture the stories of women in midlife. We are hoping to weave the stories of loss, transformation, disruption, suffering and hope into a piece of live theatre that can tour around the country.  The photograph is of me in the ‘listening booth’ where we offered women a cake in return for a story.
  • I attended the AGM of the Association of Independent Monitoring Board Members. We heard from John Samuels QC on his report; “What happened to the Rehabilitation Revolution?” and from Lord Farmer, who has recently chaired an independent review to investigate how supporting men in prison in England and Wales to engage with their families can reduce reoffending and assist in addressing intergenerational crime.
  • I ran the 10th annual Royal Parks Half Marathon through the streets of central London. I ran to raise money for the British Lung Foundation in memory of my mum, Mary, who passed away in March 2014.
  • On October 7 I was selected to be one of the three Labour council candidates in next year’s local elections for my home ward of Junction in Islington North. There was some tough competition so I was thrilled to be selected. I’m looking forward to getting out on the campaign trail with the two sitting Junction Labour councillors, Kaya and Janet. Here are the three of us.
  • At our monthly Junction ward Labour Party meeting, we heard from Charlotte Norton of The Young Fabians who spoke to us about North Irish politics.

 

September 2017

  • I visited the 2017 Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Highlights included Jeremy Corbyn’s rally at the Level, Rosie Duffield, MP talking about the Jo Cox Leadership Programme at the Women’s Conference and lots of fringe events – Jess Philips MP discussing how to end gender based violence and the Labour Women’s Network talking about to empower Labour women to take on leadership roles at the CLP, council and parliamentary level.
  • As a ward delegate, I attended Islington North CLPs general committee. We had a great session with Islington  councillors discussing what should go into the manifesto for the local government elections next year. We also heard from striking McDonalds’ workers about their struggle and what Labour activists can do to help.
  • I went along to quarterly full council meeting of Islington Borough Council at the Town Hall to sit in the public gallery and listen to residents question councillors on issues ranging from BBQs in Highbury Fields, community centres, cycle routes and the housing crisis in Islington.
  • My friend, the founder and CEO of Diverse City, Claire Hodgson MBE, invited me to visit the Bradbury Studios in Dalston to see a casting session. Diverse City are a company that develop and perform political circus. They are inclusive and their shows involve able and disabled performers and writers.
  • I went to the final training session of the year long Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme in Birmingham run by the Labour Party. As well as training on formulating political strategy and time spent thinking about my own medium and long term life goals and how to achieve them, I was thrilled to meet Jess Phillips MP who came along to give us our certificates.
  • I am women’s officer of my ward and I hosted a coffee morning at my home for women and their children and grandchildren. It was a good way to have a relaxed and social gathering, to try and engage women who do not come along to more ‘political’ meetings and to discuss local issues.

July 2017

  • At our Islington North Constituency Labour Party Meeting in July, Andrew Fisher, an advisor to Jeremy Corbyn and the person responsible for writing the Labour Manifesto, came to talk to us. He answered members’ questions and took feedback and suggestions on how the manifesto for the next election could be even better.
  • FWNdinnerI attended the Fabian Women’s Network’s annual fundraising dinner in London to raise money for next year’s mentoring programme. We were joined by Seema Malhotra MP, Dawn Butler MP and Yvette Cooper MP.
  • I took my children on a march to Parliament Square in protest against the government’s cuts to education. The event was organised by thcarnivalvcutse parent-led national campaign, Fair Funding for all Schools, and there were speakers including Dawn Butler MP.
  • I am participating in the 2016/17 Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme. For the final event in the year of mentoring, we went to the Houses of Parliament where we met Sarah Owen, Political Officer at the GMB, to talk about the role of Unions and how to become involved. We also had a session on how to be more effective decision makers from Andrea Mann.

 

June 2017

  • I attended an event at Acland Burghley secondary school where I am a governor, to mark the school’s upcoming 50th anniversary and in particular to discuss and celebrate the architecture of the school – an excellent example of post-war British Brutalism. We heard from speakers including the Twentieth Century Society and the author Geraint Franklin, an architectural historian who has recently published a book on the school’s architects: Howell Killick Partridge & Amis.
  • I went to a panel discussion called What if We Rethought Parole held at The London School of Economics and organised by The Howard League for Penal Reform. A panel of speakers including the Chaparolephotoir of the Parole Board, Professor Nick Hardwick, responded to Nicola Padfield’s suggestions for how the parole system, including the operation of the parole board, could usefully be rethought. It was a really lively debate where speakers considered the purpose of prisons (to incapacitate or to rehabilitate prisoners?), whether and how the narrative of victims should be incorporated into the process of parole and how the wider context of the parole system (social injustice, under resourcing in prison and poor post-custody supervision) mitigate against the parole system being successful.
  • I attended Islington North Constituency Labour Party General Meeting as a ward delegate and spoke in favour of two motions regarding education. The first was to urge the Islington Labour Group, The London Mayor and the Labour Party to continue to exert pressure on the government to commit to adequate funding of education and the second was provide input into the National Policy Forum’s Commission on “Early Years, Education and Skills”. The motions were unanimously passed. At the meeting, Jeremy Corbyn shared some of his experiences of visiting the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. I wrote a short blog piece in response which can be found here: Grenfell Tower
  • I went to an event organised by The School of Life at Cecil Sharpe House in north London where Harriet Harman MP was in conversation with Jo Brand. The two women talked about their personal experiences of misogyny and defying societal expectations and offered advice on what feminism means in the twenty first century.
  • I attended a meeting of the Bradley Report Group which brings together different organisations to support and encourage the implementation of the Bradley Report which was published in 2009 and set out recommendations intended to reduce suicide within the prison estate. A Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Oxford presented data on suicide in prisons internationally, suicide risk factors, trends and measures that have been empirically shown to reduce suicide. The Prison and Probation Ombudsmen, Nigel Newcomen CBE, gave his views on suicide and self harm prevention in prisons.
  • I had an enjoyable evening at the Labour Women’s Network Fundraising Dinner in central London. Speakers included Harriet Harman MP, Margaret Beckett MP, Kezia Dugdale, the Leaders of the Scottish Labour Party and Yvette Cooper MP.
  • As a member of the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards, I went to workshop on Violence Reduction in Prisons. Speakers included Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Nick Pascoe, the Director of Surrey & Sussex Prisons. We also heard from Spark Inside; a charitable organisation that offers one to one life coaching to child and young adult offenders in prison and after release. They also offer systems coaching to address issues with group dynamics on, say, a prison wing, that results in violence. They have been able to reduce rates of re-offending from in excess of 50% to 10%.
  • Attended a post-election, fundraising lunch in Islington with Labour colleagues from across the constituency. We mingled Sheila&DianeAand celebrated and heard from Richard Watts, head of Islington Council, Jeremy Corbyn MP and Diane Abbott MP about what our next steps need to be to put Labour in government.
  • As we approached the general election, I stepped up campaigning. I canvassed in my local ward several times a week, hosted envelope stuffing evenings and phone-banked with the Labour Women’s Network. On election day, I was a ‘polling agent’ in my ward and ran a ‘committee room’ to coordinate activists to maintain a Labour presence at the polling station and to ‘knock up’ Labour voters in the ward as well as to go and ‘get out the vote’ in nearby constituencies.
  • I attended Jeremy Corbyn’s rally in the Union Chapel in Islington the evening before the general election. It was an incredibly inspiring evening with supporters packing the venue and the streets outside.

May 2017

  • My friend and fellow member of the Fabian Women’s Network, Sara Hyde, is standing as the Labour candidate in the general election in Bromley South. I went to Bromley to campaign with her – meeting the fundraising team from a local cancer charity, door knocking and talking to locals.
  • I went with my children and father to a ‘protest picnic’ in our neighboprotestpicnicurhood park involving parents, grandparents, kids and teachers along with the Leader of Islington Council, Richard Watts, to show our support for the fantastic teachers in our schools in Islington and to protest the government’s underfunding of education. The event was coordinated by the parent led campaign group, ‘Fair Funding for All Schools’.
  • I spent the day at the Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company being taught the basics of the Meisner acting technique by actor Charleen Qwaye. We were a small group of people from a mix of creative and corporate backgrounds and we worked together practicing skills of being in the moment, reacting instinctively and being authentic through the call and response techniques we were learning. It was a challenging day but really rewarding to do something completely different outside my comfort zone and to learn techniques that help to connect with people.
  • I was invited to join a group called AwesomeWomen. AwesomeWomen are a 400 strong group of women in leadership positions within the arts (I’m a bit

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    of a ringer!) who are keen to share knowledge and best practice and support one another in what remains a very male dominated, non inclusive environment. At the meeting I attended we used the Hudl technique to come up with a set of actions we could taken collectively and individually to promote gender balance in the arts. We had to come up with a sign describing a key attribute we could bring to the table. Here’s mine!

  • Since the announcement of the snap election, I have been stuffing envelopes, door knocking and phone banking in my home constituency of Islington North and in neighbouring Hampstead and Kilburn.
  • I spent two days with my colleagues on the Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme in Northern College for Residential abarnsleynd Community Adult Education in Barnsley. We were joined by Meg Munn, the former MP for Sheffield Heeley. We had a very busy two days in beautiful surroundings practicing our debating skills on the subject of the single market, exercising our powers of persuasion, and brainstorming campaign ideas.

April 2017

  • I spent a day with Ruth Hunt, the CEO of Stonewall. I heard Ruth give evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Donation and stonewallsat in on team meetings and interviews she gave. This was particularly interesting as it was the day that a General Election was called. Ruth is incredibly passionate and generous with her time. It was a real privilege to see her brand of authentic, values driven leadership at first hand.
  • I went campaigning with Jeremy Corbyn MP and Emily Thornberry MP as part of makingadifferencewith lessan Islington Labour wide ‘day of action’ to launch the ‘Making a Difference with Less’ booklet which will tell voters all the ways in which Islington’s Labour run council has supported people despite massive funding cuts.

March 2017

  • berlinwallI went with the Fabian Women’s Network to the European Parliament in Brussels to meet with MEPs from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. We heard from, amongst others, Seb Dance, MEP, Mary Honeyball MEP and Stephen Pearce, the General Secretary of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. We went the day before Article 50 was triggered so the mood was sombre and reflective. We discussed  how the UK’s relationship with Europe might develop over the years to come and how to safeguard the rights of workers, minorities and women and ensure we are not economically ad culturally isolated.
  • I attended the launch in Brussels by Demos (Britain’s leading cross party think tank) of their new report “Mapping and responding to the rising culture and politics of fear in the European Union….Nothing to Fear but Fear itself”, written by Sophie Gaston.
  • I attended the Regional Meeting of the National Governors’ Association where we discussed the devastating impact of the Government’s proposed fair funding formula in the wider context of real terms cuts to the education budget, significant additional costs (national insurance and pension contributions, the apprenticeship levy, staff costs, inflation etc.) and rising pupil numbers.
  • My 7 year old son and I joined tens of thousands of protesters in central London on the anti racism march. We heard from the General Secretary of the NUTantiracistmarch3, former Guantánamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg and representatives from Friends of the Earth, the Stop Trump Campaign and Care for Calais. All the speakers spoke passionately and urged unity and continued opposition to the wave of right wing populism that Brexit and the election of Trump have unleashed.banners
  • I attended a campaign meeting regarding cuts to the education budget held at a local Islington primary school. We heard from Richard Watts, the Leader of Islington Council and Jo Yurkey who has set up www.fairfundingforallschools.org, about the impact the cuts will have on a generation of children and how we can organise to challenge government policy.
  • I participated in a webinar given my Nan Sloane of Labour Women’s Network called “Labour Women in Local Government” which was very helpful given my ambition to be elected to Islington council in 2018.
  • I represented HMP Pentonville at the 2017 National Conference for Independent Monitoring Boards. I had the opportunity to question Sam Gyimah MP, the Minister for Prisons, on the issue of retaining senior staff and the fact that over reliance on inexperienced staff leads to excessive use of force and a build up of frustration among inmates. I also heard from the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke OBE on the key issues facing the prison estate at present and from Dr Jackie Craissati on the assessment and treatment of personality disordered offenders.
  • I attended an event organised by the Women’s Officer for Islington North Constituency Labour IWD event in town hallParty to celebrate International Women’s Day. We met as local women from the diverse communities of Islington to eat together and to talk about the rise of the right globally and about our personal experiences of hate crime and racism. We discussed how we can respond as feminists and socialists.
  • I participated in the second training event of the inaugural Jo Cox
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    Harriet Harman MP addressing the women of the Jo Cox Leadership Programme

    Women in Leadership Programme in Newcastle. Harriet Harman MP gave the keynote address.  We shared a day of sisterhood discussing the current political landscape and received training on how to craft political messages.

  • I went to Labour Party Headquarters in London to spend an afternoon organised by the Fabian Women’s Network learning about how the Labour Party works.  Among others, I heard from Ian McNicol, the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Emma Meehan and Erin Mulhatton on Women within the Party, Anouska Gregorek who is Labour’s Head of Policy Development, on the National Policy Forum and other sessions on analysing the electorate; digital campaigning; and The Labour Party’s International Democracy Programme.
  • I attended my local Labour Party ward meeting. Chris Murray, a Research Fellow with the Institute for Public Policy Research, gave a talk on migration and integration and specifically how the Labour Party can respond to voter concerns over immigration while upholding the vision of an open, inclusive and non-racist society.

Feb 2017

  • I visited a pupil referral unit in the London borough of Camden. The Director of Camden Centre for Learning showed me around the site, introduced me to staff and pupils and answered my questions on what qualifications pupils can work towards, what the outcomes are for pupils, how challenging behaviour is addressed. I arranged this visit because as a school governor who sits on exclusion panels, I felt it was important to understand what options are are open to children who are excluded from mainstream education.
  • I attended a 2 day training course in York for people across the country who have recently been appointed by the Ministry of Justice to Independent Monitoring Boards of prisons. I was appointed in September 2016 to the IMB of HMP Pentonville in the London borough of Islington. I learned more about how, as the community’s representatives within prisons, we should monitor the experience of those in custody; how to ensure those held in segregation are treated decently and what to do in the case of a serious incident such as a riot or a death in custody.
  • I visited School 21 in Stratford East London, an academy set up in 2012 to provide an innovative education in an area of high deprivation. The visit was arranged by my fellow mentee on the Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme, Beccy Earnshaw. During the visit another of our fellow mentees, Kiran Gill, gave a fascinating talk on Education Policy over the years of New Labour, the coalition and the present government and the group had a debate on priorities for a progressive education policy.
  • As part of a parent led group advocating for fair funding for all schools I attended a public meeting at Coleridge Primary school in the London borough of Haringey. The meeting was addressed by the Leader of Haringey council and the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Catherine West. We discussed the devastating impact of the Tory government’s plans to implement the so called fair funding formula which would see 90% of primary and secondary schools have their budgets cut. We discussed ways to build a “cacophony of protest” to ensure that Justine Greening backs down.
  • I attended the general meeting of the Islington North Constituency Labour Party as my ward’s delegate. We were addressed by our MP and Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and in small discussion groups we discussed ways to engage the vastly swelled membership – now 4,400 people strong in Islington North.
  • I went door to door canvassing with Labour party activists in Mildmay and Barnsbury to talk about the injustice of the Tory’s Housing Act with council tenants. This is an act that would end life tenancies and result in the sell off of council housing in Islington.

January 2017

  • I spent a day shadowing Kate Green MP. Kate is a member of the Justice Select Committee and I accompanied her to an evidence gathering hearing on prison reform. As it was the day before the vote on whether to trigger Article 50 I spent several hours in the members’ gallery listening to MPs debate Brexit.
  • I canvassed with fellow Labour activists on council estates in Hillrise ward and my own ward of Junction on the Housing Act.
  • I went to an information session on being a councillor in Islington where current councillors, including Richard Watts, the leader of the council spoke on the responsibilities, challenges and rewards of being a councillor in Islington. I left feeling very enthused and determined to be selected and then elected in 2018.
  • I went to the Houses of Parliament to participate in a British Parliamentary Debating Competition run by the Fabian Women’s Network on the issue of capping executive pay. It was a very collegiate event facilitated by a public speaking coach an
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    Trafalgar Square, January 21, 2017 – International Women’s March

    d a really great opportunity to sharpen up my debating skills.

  • I joined the Women’s march in central London on the day after Trump’s inauguration to show my support for equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights.
  • As part of the Fabian Women’s Network Mentoring Programme, I went to Media training at the Houses of Parliament run by my fellow mentee and BBC journalist, Shaista Aziz. I also went to a session on making an impact run by a public speaking coach.
  • I attended the Fabian
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    Jeremy Corbyn MP addresses the Fabian Society

    Annual Conference at the Friends Meeting House in London’s Bloomsbury. We heard from, amongst others, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Keir Starmer MP, Stella Creasy MP,  Kate Green MP, Stephen Kinnock MP and Seb Dance MEP. Here is article I wrote about about my impressions of the day.Labour and the Abilene Paradox – Notes from the Fabian Conference

  • I had an interview to go into a pool of possible candidates for selection in the event of a council by election being called before May 2018 in Islington. I was successful.

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