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As Vice Chair and Campaign Coordinator for Northeast Hertfordshire CLP, I was delighted with our results across North Herts District Council. We took a ward in Letchworth and took control of Letchworth Area Committee. We took another ward in Hitchin (where I was the parliamentary candidate in 2015) and took control of Hitchin Area Committee. We saw dramatic swings to Labour in a number of wards.

But I was born in Nuneaton and my family is from Copeland. So I know we have our work cut out to win power in parliament.

We need to take our policy-making process out of SW1A and our political conferences out of WC1B and closer to the people whose support we need to win. Good policymaking starts on the doorstep listening to the complexities of people’s lives and we need practical solutions that will deliver real and lasting transformation for their families and communities.

But, above all, voters on Keir Hardie Avenue are looking to us to defeat the Tories and reverse their policies in parliament. We cannot let them down.

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As Vice Chair and Campaign Coordinator for Northeast Hertfordshire CLP, I was delighted with our results across North Herts District Council. We took a ward in Letchworth and took control of Letchworth Area Committee. We took another ward in Hitchin (where I was the parliamentary candidate in 2015) and took control of Hitchin Area Committee. We saw dramatic swings to Labour in a number of wards.

But I was born in Nuneaton and my family is from Copeland. So I know we have our work cut out to win power in parliament.

And it was while campaigning against the BNP in Copeland in 2009 that I was confronted with the failure of the Blair/Brown governments to completely reverse the economic policies of the Thatcher/Major governments – and the unmitigated anger it created in ex-industrial communities.

I re-joined the Labour party later that year in order to make that case within the party. (more…)