Welcome to my website
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.
Last week, Rachel Held Evans died. She was 37.
I write this to explain why she mattered to me.
My faith journey has been somewhat meandering. I grew up in the Anglican church on a strict diet of the King James Bible, the Book of Common Prayer and the New English Hymnal. I sang in the Church Choir. Our repertoire included the Cathedral Psalter, sung liturgies and the Te Deum. Or the Tedious, as I dubbed it. This instilled in me an enduring love for classical church music and an uncompromising adherence to church doctrine as expressed in the historic creeds. In all my wanderings, wrestlings and questioning over the decades, these beliefs have stood firm. (more…)