Engagement vs Isolation

This week a mum I’ve never met posted an anxious request for help on Facebook. Her two children were sick and she couldn’t leave the house to shop. All online delivery slots were taken. She wasn’t being paid until the next day but her kids were already hungry. She...

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Thank you!

These pieces are never easy to write. Late yesterday we found out the result of the London Assembly campaign: out of 1,134 votes cast, we lost by 24. I want to pay tribute to Labour’s new candidate for Croydon and Sutton, Councillor Patsy Cummings, and to thank...

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We need to invest even more in our young people

Deep and painful Tory cuts to our police and youth services are increasing the risk of young people becoming victims of crime. Without security and support, they may even be tempted - or coerced – into crime themselves. Too many of us who are teachers see it happen to...

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Why I’m standing

Why am I doing this?Firstly, because I want to make a difference to lives outside the classroom walls. Everyone who knows me understands that I love teaching with a burning passion, but that I miss being able to make a difference through politics too.It...

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Why London needs devolution too

  London isn’t a fashionable topic right now. The collapse of the so-called “red wall” in our northern heartlands has brought calls for devolution rising from the dust and carnage. We’re told it’s time for a great rebalancing away from the capital; for power as...

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5 reasons why the new Banksy installation is awesome

 Cyling home in the torrential rain last night I ran into crowds of people pointing, smiling and debating Banksy’s new pop up store on Church Street. Of course people will always find reason to criticise it, but here are five reasons why I love it:1) IT’S...

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Young people

Speaking at the climate strike yesterday I made this one point: Our young people are an inspiration. This generation is growing up at a time when things feel tense and divided. When they look at the top offices of land, be it in America or the UK, the...

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How should we fight Boris Johnson?

‘What do you think of Boris? And how should we beat him?’ These are the two questions I recently posed on Facebook. If Mr Johnson can get enough MPs to support him, he will almost certainly become Prime Minister and - given that the left hasn’t been so...

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