The Labour Party is currently selecting a parliamentary candidate for West Dorset Constituency. I am hoping that I will be selected for that post.
I moved to Dorset in 1999, becoming Jim Knight’s caseworker when he was elected MP for South Dorset in 2001. South and West Dorset have many key issues in common: housing, rural poverty, transport.
I was elected to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in May 2012 and am currently Chair of WPBC Labour Group. I have campaigned in local elections across Dorset and was the county’s Labour candidate in last year’s Police and Crime Commissioner election.
I am fully committed to core Labour and Cooperative values of fairness, equality and social justice and have evidenced this throughout my working life. I have worked as a prison governor, a teacher, for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and for Dorset Children’s Rights Service. My working experience has given me a broad appreciation of Labour policy, particularly criminal justice, education and social welfare.
West Dorset needs to stand a credible parliamentary candidate who provides a compelling alternative to Oliver Letwin and can challenge him effectively. I believe that, as a woman with a solid background in social justice, I can make that challenge. I have a strong local profile and good contacts with local and regional media which would enable me to hit the ground running.
The attributes I have shown in campaigning – energy, enthusiasm, tenacity, strategic thinking, political judgement, the ability to connect with a wide range of people and a sense of humour – are the attributes that I believe make me the best candidate for the West Dorset parliamentary seat.
Hustings will take place on Friday 15 November. It would be good to see as many members as possible at that event but if you can’t make it, you can vote by post. Please don’t miss this opportunity to play a part in selecting West Dorset Labour’s next parliamentary candidate.