The 2017 general election sees the highest number of female candidates contesting parliamentary seats. This is an important achievement.
While Labour is committed to having at least 45 per cent of candidates standing local and national elections to be women by 2030, women remain under-represented in politics at all levels.
At a national level, Labour is increasing training and support for women through initiatives like the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme and by extending the use of all-women shortlists. At a local level, constituency Labour parties are working hard to engage female members. Continue reading
Islington Labour had brilliant fun staffing a stall at the 2015 Angel Canal Festival. The Canal Festival is always a wonderful family occasion and celebration of Islington and Regent’s Canal. It was an opportunity for local people to meet St Peter’s Labour Councillors. We were also collecting signatures for a petition against the forced sale of Council homes.
Over 300 people signed the following petition:
“The Conservative government’s plans to force councils to sell off ‘high-value’ council homes when they become vacant– partly to fund their extension of the right-to-buy – will further fuel the capital’s housing crisis and will damage the London we are proud of. More than a third of Islington’s council housing would be sold on the open market under their plans – 1,500 homes in the first five years of this policy alone. Continue reading
On Saturday I welcomed fantastic Parkinson’s research fundraisers to Islington. The team including writer and historian Jill Liddington and Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst. On a very hot August day the fundraisers completed an eight mile sponsored walk along London’s Regent’s Canal, walking from Tottenham to Islington. The walk’s finish line was in St Peter’s and I was delighted to meet all the walkers and support this excellent cause!
Our lives our defined by our work, the communities we come from and our most strongly held values and beliefs. Defending and strengthening our rights at work is at the heart of what it means to be Labour. Back in 2009, the Information Commissioner exposed details of a large-scale surveillance operation run by a company called The Consulting Association. This company collated files on thousands of construction workers and sold the information to 44 construction companies.
Blacklisting is the illegal practice of systematically denying individuals employment on the basis of information, accurate or not, held on some kind of database. While it has been a serious blight on the construction industry for many decades, the discovery of this database was concrete proof of a massive national blacklisting scandal. Continue reading
Our politicians should reflect the communities we represent. It is particularly important to encourage traditionally under-represented groups to stand for election including women, BAME and working class candidates.
I am chairing an event for women who are interesting in finding out more about standing or election/becoming a Councillor at Islington Town Hall. Continue reading
The centenary of the First World War is being commemorated across the UK from 2014 to 2018. More than one million people lost their lives from Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War and over 9,000 of these were linked to Islington.
There are a number of exhibitions and events around the borough to commemorate the First World War, remembering those who served on the front line, as well as exploring everyday life in the borough between 1914 and 1918. Continue reading
City of London Academy, Islington
Islington schools are now ranked 34th out of 152 in England for GCSE results. This is even higher than last year when we achieved our best ever GCSE results. This puts our schools in the top 22% of all schools in England. Continue reading