Currently: Full time ESOL Tutor (teaching for over 20 years), Single mother with four grown up children now a grandmother of 2 and soon to be 4 grandchildren
Interesting fact: Worked as a film and TV Background Artist for many years and appeared in all the soaps, a Bond film and many others, hosted own hospital radio show at Ealing Hospital for 2 years
Why have you decided to stand in this election, and what inspired you to join the Green Party? I’m concerned about the future and The Green Party is the only party that will tackle climate change. I believe we need more ordinary working people in government who know what it is work hard and worry about paying bills etc.
It was the only party whose policies that I felt I could agree with and defend
What are your top 3 priorities for Ealing North if elected?
1) Keeping Ealing Hospital A & E open
2) Streets cleaned on a more regular basis
3) More public toilets (lack of toilets encourages anti-social behaviour and urinating in public areas is a problem in some parts of the constituency)
What’s it like being a BAME candidate in the Green Party and how can the Party reach out to more BAME people and communities?
Most members are white, middle class and can’t really relate to the problems someone like me has had to face. Visit those areas more rather than sticking to areas where we have more natural support.
What advice would you offer BAME people wanting to enter politics?
Be sure of what you believe in and be strong
Who is/are your political hero(es) and how have they influenced your own path?
Martin Luther King and Ghandhi. Their peaceful struggle in the face of so much hatred and violence.
What personal connections do you have to Ealing North? I have lived in Ealing Borough for over 50 years. I’ve grown up here and I’ve bought my children up here too.
In 2008/9 I started a petition about the excessive use of fireworks (which is a big problem in this area) and personally got over 700+ signatures, which I handed in to both Ealing & Hounslow councils.
If elected, how would you communicate with, and represent, marginalised constituents in Ealing North?
I would visit them rather than expecting them to come to me.
What’s it like being a BAME person in politics? What needs to change to make politics more representative?
Not sure yet! More people like me engaging with politics