Activist & trade unionist

I have been a political activist all my adult life. In 2003, aged 22, I was elected to Beverley Town Council. At the time I was one of the youngest councillors in the country. I served for four years, and was Mayoress (or Mayor’s Consort) during my final year (click on the link for the articles from the Beverley Guardian). I was an active campaigner and representative on many local issues, including the campaign to make Beverley a Fairtrade town.

At the 2005 General Election, I was the youngest Labour prospective parliamentary candidate in Yorkshire. I came second in the Yorkshire East seat, securing nearly 15,000 votes.

In 2009, I was chosen by Labour Party members to be the third ranking candidate on Labour’s Yorkshire and the Humber list for the European elections, behind the then two sitting MEPs, Linda McAvan and Richard Corbett.

Professionally, after I graduated from the University of Leeds I went on to work as a Regional Manager at the Learning and Skills Council, then for the York and North Yorkshire Partnership Unit. In both of those roles, I was involved in our region’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympics – where I volunteered as a Gamesmaker.

From the Partnership Unit, where I was employed by North Yorkshire County Council, I went on to be appointed as a Service Conditions Officer (or Convenor) for the local government branch of Unison. In this role, my colleagues and I work to represent the interests of our members in gravely difficult times for local government.

I am also a member of the Co-operative Party, and a former member of the Co-operative national youth committee. I currently serve on the National Executive Committee of ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa).


Click the links below for recent posts on this theme:

Speaking to Radio Sheffield's Rony Robinson about NHS charging proposals

Where the cuts at Rotherham Hospital will fall

Rotherham Hospital campaign goes to Downing Street tomorrow

Debating "What Does Europe do for me?" in Halifax

My involvement with ACTSA

TUC march for a future that works - October 2012

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