Vote for me to be your councillor if you live in Withdean, Brighton!
I have lived in Brighton for 13 years after I moved here to study Biology when I was 19. I went on to work in digital media in Brighton and London agencies, and now I work for petition website Care2 as a full time campaigner. In my job I campaign every day for animal welfare, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and against austerity. Outside work I have organised demonstrations against homophobic laws in Russia, have been an active member of Brighton Pro Choice (see me debating this on TV here), and organised Queers Against Cuts on Brighton Pride. I also campaigned for better sex and relationships education in our schools.
I am standing as a TUSC (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition) candidate. You can read all about TUSC policies here.
As a TUSC councillor I will:
- – Oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions. We reject the claim that ‘some cuts’ are necessary to our services or that the national debt is a reason for austerity.
- – Refuse to implement the Bedroom Tax now. Councils should write off all bedroom tax-related arrears, withdraw all court proceedings and eviction orders where the bedroom tax has been a factor, and call on Housing Associations to do the same.
- – Support all workers’ struggles against the cuts, privatisation and government policies making ordinary people pay for the crisis caused by the bankers and the bosses. Defend the national collective bargaining arrangements for council workers.
- – Reject increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.
- – Vote against the privatisation of council jobs and services, or the transfer of council services to ‘social enterprises’ or ‘arms-length’ management organisations, which are first steps to privatisation.
- – Oppose racism and fascism and stand up for equality for all.
- – Campaign for the introduction of a Living Wage above the minimum wage, including for council employees and those working for council contractors.
- – Use all the legal powers available to councils to oppose both the cuts and government policies which centrally impose the transfer of public services to private bodies. This includes using councils’ powers to refer local NHS decisions, initiate referenda and organise public commissions and consultations in campaigns to defend public services.
- – Vote for councils to refuse to implement the cuts. We will support councils which in the first instance use their reserves and prudential borrowing powers to avoid making cuts. But we argue that the best way to mobilise the mass campaign that is necessary to defeat the dismantling of council services is to set a budget that meets the needs of the local community and demands that government funding makes up the shortfall.
- – Support action against climate change and for a future where sustainability comes before profit.