My name is Fiona Dent, I was the Labour prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Runnymede & Weybridge constituency 2017 and was also Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Windsor Constituency in 2015. A member of the Labour Party all my adult life but not a career politician.
My work background reflects my approach to life which is to work to make changes to improve the quality of life for all. My CV includes Nursing, Social Work, Probation, Charity Management, Community Regeneration and most recently the Commissioning of Health and Social Care Services. I worked full time from the age of 16 and studied for a Law Degree (LLB Hons) and a post graduate Diploma in Socio-Legal Studies at night school. I brought my son up as a single parent and am also a Fine Artist (oil painting and sculpture). All of this I did while continuing to work full time through the disastrous Thatcher years of sky high interest rates and high unemployment so I have a firm grasp of how difficult life can be for many who are now paying for food and bills on credit and trying to achieve a secure home.
As a public servant I was politically restricted (not allowed to stand for political office) for many years but am now free of that restriction and I campaigned hard as a Parliamentary Candidate in the Constituency of Windsor in 2015. In Windsor I made history by becoming the first Labour Candidate to come second in 8 centuries of constituency representation (OK I know that Labour has only been around for 1 century but it is still worth celebrating)! In 2017 I stood for Parliament in Runnymede and Weybridge and raised the Labour vote by 11%. I was elected Governor of Frimley Health NHS Trust in 2014, elected by Labour members to the National Policy Forum in 2015 for 3 years of policy work, a member of the Save Heatherwood Hospital campaign and a past active member of UNISON. Other memberships and activity include the Artists Union of England, the Howard League for Penal Reform, SME4Labour and the Labour Campaign for Human Rights. I was a runner up in the Labour Parliamentary Candidate of the year in 2018. I have also held committee roles at CLP level including women's officer and membership secretary.
I have campaigned to stop Female Genital Mutilation in the UK for decades, so much so that it is represented in my art and I am also a veteran of the 'The Peoples March for the NHS' the 2014 Jarrow to Westminster 300 mile march in 3 weeks to raise awareness of the privatisation of the NHS.
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