Background

My background is in independent advocacy – helping people to have a voice.  I have over 15 years casework experience of representing a wide range of people: older people, people with learning disabilities, people with impairments, asylum seekers and refugees, mental health service users and looked after children.  It is my experience of supporting people such as these to have a voice and to exercise their rights in law which has compelled me to campaign, demonstrate and write in support of social justice and welfare issues to try to bring about greater equality, fairness, social justice and well-being for all.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Well said, Andrea!

    I believe that vulnerable people require far more people with casework experience to get involved in electoral politics. (Disability Equalities Trainer Michele Taylor told my class of ‘train the trainer’ Disability Equalities Training learners in 2004: “The word ‘requires’ connotes more than ‘needs’: it brings in matters of rights and responsibilities.”)

    And I believe that if given sufficient priority on the Green Party’s Proportional Representation list for election to the London Assembly — your background would give you a great grounding for being a ‘good constituency member’. I know from my 1997 General Election experience of campaigning for Simon Hughes that his reputation as a ‘good constituency’ MP bolstered his electoral longevity. Eg, upon seeing my rosette, a passer by asked me for a large poster for his high rise residence, saying, “I know someone who found Simon Hughes enormously helpful.”

    Compare that with my own 1992 experience of writing my then newly elected MP Glenda Jackson re the fact that I had been waiting for unemployment benefit for 12 weeks. Glenda Jackson’s response to me then according to feedback I later received from othe Glenda Jackson MP constituents seems to have been quite a catch-phras for her in a solid Labour constituency: “What do you expect me to do about it?”

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