This is who I am

I am a devoted Labour Party member, a socialist, a trade unionist and a believer in our Party leader.

We belong to a party that is in urgent need of unifiers. I am a unifier. This modern wave of activism under Jeremy Corbyn has driven Labour Party membership through the roof. It is an undeniably positive dimension of our political movement. As our society and our Labour Party evolves and adapts, we must remember that internal debate is the sign of a healthy political movement.

I stand before you as an individual but also as one of the many. I am bringing to this selection my deeply-held Labour Party values alongside personal experiences that demonstrate my grit, passion and ability.

As a daughter of Windrush parents, I have felt rage against this Conservative government that sought to debase and humiliate a rich and vital part of our society. People who look like me, and sound like me: British Citizens.

As a single mother I have fought school cuts to my child’s education, and I continue to fight against cuts to education and I am against academisation.

As a daughter to elderly parents I have fought side by side with the many to keep vital health services in the face of cruel Conservative cuts and am against privatisation.

As a Councillor I have juggled opinions, beliefs, business interests and community benefits. I have spoken out against injustices and advocated on behalf of others.

When Jeremy came to Lewisham I was in the front row cheering him on with many of my friends. In my campaign last year I received support from all sides of the party because I have a proven track record. I work hard, I speak up for community groups and against developments when I feel that they are not the right decision for Lewisham people. It has often been said that I’m a good, genuine person who will always fight for her community. People know that if there is a campaign, meeting or canvassing session, I will be there. I am reliable.My work ethic and ability to connect with people means I have friends on all sides of the political spectrum. In the 2018 local Council election I had the highest percentage of votes of all 54 councillors in Lewisham. I am so proud of that and I thank all those who voted for me. I give thanks to all our party members for all their hard work in the council elections in May. Such total victory comes from all Labour members working together.

I believe we should have difficult debates behind closed doors and make a decision and stick to it. That’s what I did as Labour Group chair. I was an effective Chief Whip and this was because I believe that we must treat everyone in the Labour Party family with respect, even when tough decisions have to be made.I ran to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Lewisham last year because I believed I could make a difference.  I ran because of who I am, a passionate black woman whose personal beliefs are people driven. I deeply care about Lewisham and I understand our community.

I support Jeremy Corbyn. I support our shadow cabinet. I want to see a Labour government because the suffering of the many has gone on too long under the Conservatives. I will fight for the many, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and campaign with them, and be a unifier. I am a unifying person.I represent no faction, I represent New Cross.

I represent no sect, I represent Lewisham.

I believe our party, the Labour Party working together, and working with the Unions, we can achieve great things.

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