In September, Labour members in Lewisham will select our candidate for Mayor. I’m delighted to be shortlisted. But I’m disappointed that in one of the most diverse communities in the country, I’m the only BAME candidate.
Labour is the party of equality and we have led the way in increasing representation of black and minority ethnic communities in Parliament. But as a party, we need to up our game in local government. In London – the most diverse city in the world – there are just 4 BAME leaders in our 32 boroughs. That needs to change. So, as a fellow Labour BAME member, I’m asking for your help.
Lewisham has been my home for 34 years. It’s where I raised my son as a single mother. I’ve represented my community as a parent governor and as a councillor. I’ve chaired our BAME forum, and our Labour Group. It would be an honour to represent the borough I love as Mayor.
As Mayor, I would seek to tackle the housing crisis, I’d fight poverty, and I’d ensure every young person gets the best start in life. You can find out more about why I’m standing here or you can drop me an email, or call me on 07507083633.
We’ve got 7,000 members to contact, and I want to get my positive message out to all of them. That’s why I’m asking for your help:
I believe I’m the right person for the job. But I also passionately believe that we need to reflect the true diversity of the communities that we represent. So I would be so grateful if you could help in any way you can.