This week, I've been reflecting on children and those most vulnerable in our communities. On Sunday I was speaking to a young boy who told me it was his birthday the next day. His shoes and clothes had holes in them. He told me he wanted to jump off a tall building and die because … Continue reading Protecting Children
Today is the General Election. In my last general election themed blog I wanted to have a slightly different conversation to the majority of what you will hear and take part in today. I have spoken about trying to decide how to vote, about why to vote and also about why I am voting Labour. … Continue reading Beyond the Ballot Box
Don't know who to vote for or even why vote... Here's some of my thoughts, here is why I am voting. I hope this will make you think about what's important to you. Each of us are citizens, we are not just individuals, we are the community, we are the town we live in, we … Continue reading Vote With Hope
For the past few months I’ve been looking at how we get people more engaged in politics, from registering and encouraging people to vote, to mobilising individuals and communities to be more politically active. One thing has become really obvious in the run up to this General Election. A lot of people genuinely don’t know … Continue reading White Noise of Politics
Today at 12.30pm I am going to be outside Middlesbrough job centre, speaking out about the benefit sanctions regime. It is part of a national day of campaigning called #no2sanctions. I thought I’d share with you why I am speaking out. I used to run an organisation that worked with some of our communities most … Continue reading Speaking out against benefit sanctions
People using their voice and their power to change something or to do something moves me. It is something I am deeply passionate about. The world we live in is better or worse because of people and because of the things they do and say. Politics is the collective action of people. It is the … Continue reading Time to Register! Time to get political!
Last week Ralph Lee, head of factual at Channel 4 announced he would not back down to pleas by Stockton locals to stop making Benefit Street in our town, I am one of those locals, but I mean really, why would he? What power does a little town in The North East of England have … Continue reading Saying “No” to Benefits Street… Warning, this one’s political!
A friend said to me not too long ago that the future of our high streets is the independent shops sector. I wasn’t sure, surely you need some of the big chains to get people visiting the high street. Many people think that securing a Primark would be the answer to all of Stockton’s prayers … Continue reading Saying Yes to Independents
The last month has been really hard. I suffered the bereavement of two people close to me. The first was David Zikhali, a close family friend who had been involved in a tragic drowning accident on the River Tees. The second was my Grandma, the lady who brought me up. She was 89 and had … Continue reading My Reflections on Bereavement and Love