I am 24 years old and am, having completed a MA, trying to establish my career as an artist. I have lived in Mansfield Woodhouse since I was 2; I attended Holly Primary and Garibaldi schools and West Notts College.
I have always been a very political person, from an early age, I wanted to make the world a better place and not just wait for someone else to take action. I have been active in the Labour party for a number of years; as a student in Lincoln and then in North branch in Mansfield. I am a consistent supporter, campaigning at the last general election, attending branch meetings and participating in all decisions. I am one of North Branches’ local delegates. I was delighted to be chosen to serve on the selection committee and attend the recent Labour Party conference.
Putting my name forward as a councillor seems the next logical step for me. I know the seats I am interested in would be very hard to win in but that’s why I want to run in one of them. I believe we need to have someone running in every seat, people who can put up a fight and make the other candidates work hard to maintain their seat. I believe this is a contribution I can make, so other candidates can stand in areas where they are more likely to win.
That’s not to say I am unskilled. I have actively participated in local and national campaigns groups for autism and mental health issues and have real hands on experience of different kinds of campaigning. My campaigning has included speaking to small and large audiences that included local and national politicians; I am skilled in conveying important topics.
There is always a chance I could surprise people and win because whatever the odds might be, I would play to win, I wouldn’t just be a name on a ballot slip, I would be someone that gets out there and fights. I believe the voters like to see someone with fire in their belly and I have that. I think my age could be a selling point because people like to listen to the new ‘up and comers’ and I would try my absolute best to persuade to give this new ‘up and comer’ a chance.