My parents fled Apartheid South Africa in the ‘70s to find a fairer society in Britain. They settled and raised a family in North London. Growing up in London, there was the sense that things were improving for BAME communities. As a black woman and member, like many Labour activists, I feel we’re losing that progress. Under nine years of Tory austerity and since the referendum, London has become a less tolerant place and a more hostile environment for everyone who isn’t wealthy.
In these difficult times, we need visible and vocal BAME representatives to defend the diverse and open boroughs we have created in Waltham Forest, Islington and Hackney. We need to build a society based on our shared Labour values, truly for the many and not the few.
I’ve been a Labour member and activist for almost 20 years. I have served two terms as a councillor, driven to join and make a difference to the community I live in.
I'm asking you to donate to my campaign to be our next Assembly Member. Every penny raised will go towards making sure our members know what we can do together with me as our elected representative at the London Assembly.
I know the North East London constituency because it’s my home: I used to live in Islington and I help housing associations to build social housing in the borough. I live in Hackney, I was the chair of Hackney South CLP and I’m a councillor and cabinet member there. And I worked for several years in Waltham Forest and my mum and sister live there now.
As your Assembly Member, I will work with the Mayor to undo the damage done by the Tories, delivering on the issues that matter to Londoners.