Åsa Jansson — candidate for executive member
Personal statement by Åsa Jansson, standing for election as an executive member of Hove Constituency Labour Party at its annual general meeting at Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove BN3 3TH, at 11am on Sunday, February 5.
“I joined the Labour Party last year to support a progressive leadership under Jeremy Corbyn. I have spent many years campaigning for human rights and equality in Europe and beyond and will fight for a Labour government that puts international solidarity and justice at the heart of its foreign policy, as well as for a truly egalitarian society here in Britain.
“During my lifetime I have seen many of the rights that my parents — both industrial labourers — fought for, including gender equality and employments rights, being eroded by a succession of governments that cater to corporate interest at the expense of the public. We have to turn this around, and the only way we can do that is together, through solidarity, openness, transparency, and compassion. I believe that democratic socialism is the only genuine political solution to the tremendous suffering caused by current policies.
“I have degrees in international relations and history and currently teach in further education at City College Brighton and Hove. If elected to the Hove CLP Executive Committee I will make political education one of my primary focus areas, in the form of workshops for party members and supporters. For instance, I’m currently co-organising a series of workshops on political economy to be held in Brighton during the spring and summer, as well as a workshop on refugee rights. I am also working with the Labour Campaign for Refugees to lobby the Party to adopt a clear and comprehensive refugee policy based on human rights.
“I will fight for a human rights based foreign policy, the rights of refugees and migrants, the renationalisation of public goods, the introduction of universal basic income, and free education at every level.”