I hope you are all staying cool and enjoying the sun and football when possible! It has been another busy few months as PPC for Gloucester.
In April we put our heads together to come up with a city-wide leaflet. That was delivered 20,000 households in Gloucester in May and June. A real team effort and thank you so much to all the members that got involved.
In the run up to the local elections I got down to Swindon a couple of times including on election day. The result was disappointing, but winning the council in Plymouth was excellent news for the South West! In May I was invited to the ASLEF summer reception in Westminster, and got talking to lots of MPs. I attended a PPC weekend training in Nottingham which was full on, but I know a lot more about the data behind Labour’s software and everything makes more sense!
I was invited to our first BAME meeting and community social organised by Beverly Creary our BAME coordinator. I attended the women’s meeting and enjoyed the Gloucester women’s family picnic celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage.
I was invited and spoke at Cheltenham CLP, ASLEF’s Gloucester branch, Unite’s Gloucester branch, the Worker’s Day Memorial service organised by Cllr Kate Haigh, and at an event hosted by Global Justice Now Gloucestershire, on financial reform where I spoke alongside John Christensen.
Steve Gower organised an incredibly moving silent March for Grenfell and I spoke at the event alongside other fantastic speakers including Pastor Namushi. Jan Garbutt invited Chris Williamson MP down to Gloucester and we had a fantastic and lively discussion with him on everything from democracy to bringing water into public ownership, to Brian Clough!
As ever Gloucester is a vibrant place to be and I enjoyed meeting people and taking part in the Polish National heritage day, the festival of Gloucester’s viking warrior queen; Aethelflaed, and attending Kingsholm school fete. I’ve also been on visits including to White City’s venture centre, Gloucester Feed the Hungry, our Police HQ and office of Police & Crime Commissioner.
I got featured in the Western Daily Press opposing the closure of the College Yard GP surgery. We have sent many press releases on everything from Gloucester Academy to food poverty but as pressure on local media industries continue to grow, like many organisations, there is sometimes a struggle to get picked up. We will redouble our efforts in the next quarter.
I’ve also been phone banking members, and canvassing across the city including in Westgate, Abbeydale, Barton & Tredworth, Kingsway, Moreland, and Matson and having many positive conversations. Thanks so much to ward reps, councillors, and members for organising and joining those.
As always I’m here to represent the members so do get in touch if you have events or contacts you think I should be at or meet.
You can contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you.