Anne Mitchell — candidate for executive member
Personal statement by Anne Mitchell, 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’m a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and the 10 pledges upon which Labour Party policy should be built. I am also a member of Unite.
“I was brought up on a council estate in London, the youngest child of a large working class family and the only one to go to university. I benefited from free education and was fortunate to enjoy a successful career in social work and education. My early life experiences have shaped my view of the world and as a socialist I am committed to fighting for policies that address the growing inequalities in society.
“I want to see a Labour Party fighting for policies that represent the needs and interests of the many, not the few. A party emboldened by the increase in membership and the potential for campaigning on socialist policies that this brings; a party genuinely representative and accountable to its membership.
“This means, for example, campaigning for an education system in which all children have access to good local schools; for a health service based on need not profit; for a redistributive tax system in the collective interests of all; for security in employment and trade union rights; for the right to secure and affordable housing for all; and for welfare not warfare with human rights at the heart of foreign policy. I have no doubt that support for these policies can be won in Hove and Portslade with a strong and resolute CLP campaigning for and supporting them.
“I have the following skills and experience to bring to the role
• good organisational ability and skill in strategic/ action planning;
• experience in developing campaigns and supporting resources;
• ability to interrogate information and produce reports, flyers, and campaign leaflets;
• experience in organising and chairing public meetings and events;
• experience in designing and organising fundraising events and activities;
• experience in working with others and encouraging participation and involvement;
• lifelong anti-racist, committed to justice and human rights for all;
• a lifetime of experience of working with people who are disadvantaged, disenfranchised and oppressed.”