I have campaigned for Labour since I was a teenager - having canvassed for the Labour Party during the 1997 General Election, aged 17, since joining the Party when I was 19 - and my community campaigning, especially anti-drug and anti-gang advocacy, has taught me how to find common ground with people and bring them together to get things done.
My experience within the Labour party has allowed me to develop the skills required to be an effective advocate for our progressive values. In particular, over the years I have:
- Listened to residents on the Labour doorstep, and understood the issues they face in order to effectively advocate for them. I have campaigned in every local, European and General election. This has given me a great understanding of local issues and the needs of the community.
- Fundraised for the Party: I have organised a number of successful dinners, social events and fundraisers over the years within my CLP, events which have been attended by the likes of Rt. Hon Ed Balls MP, Rt. Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Rt. Hon. Stephen Twigg MP, Ken Livingstone, Rt. Hon Maria Eagle, Rt. Hon Caroline Flint and Rt. Hon David Miliband MP.
- Worked with local members and recruiting additional supporters and activists to the party: I have been a branch and CLP officer in 3 different North London CLPs - Islington North, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and Enfield Southgate. As a member of the latter, I have recruited over 50 new members to join the party.
- Worked alongside and learned from some of the best Labour advocates and MPs: I interned for Rt. Hon Stephen Twigg MP in Parliament where I organised events, meetings, fundraisers and receptions. I have also worked on a number of cross-London initiatives to facilitate and encourage community-wide inclusion.