FIONA DENT: Your option for a non sectarian rep on the NEC who will voice CLP concerns, dig in to achieve both greater Party democratisation and CLP resources and will work effectively with you, the member.
1) Support for solid Socialist policies so we win the next election and prioritise the quality social housing, education, NHS & Care, employment standards and green industry that we all need so badly.
2) More influence and resources for CLPs.
3) Effective improvements to the complaints procedure to address all forms of abuse and ensure fair and timely decisions.
An active Labour member since my early 20s, lifelong door knocker, held various CLP roles, blogger, Union woman - Unison- Unite - Artist’s Union of England, Save Our NHS campaigner (walked from Jarrow to Westminster in the 2014 People’s March),Worked in public service and as a Health Commissioner fought the swingeing cuts to the NHS, Environmental and human rights campaigner, ex Economy Commission, ex Councillor, twice Parliamentary Candidate in challenging constituencies (Windsor 2015 & Runnymede 2017), sculptor, painter and general washer upper.
Along with CLP members around the country I want to see greater connectivity between leadership and local parties: During my 3 years on the National Policy Forum I did just that by helping fellow members to follow, engage and contribute to policy debate. Speaking at distant CLP meetings, running engagement sessions and campaigning in constituencies around the country from the North West to Cornwall - not always easy due to the systems that we have in place but that experience has meant that I am committed to democratising policy development and other Party decision making systems.
I am not a member of any sub group or sect of Labour because I do not want my votes to be controlled by anything other than the democratic interests of members as explained to me by them. However I am a loyal, left of centre stalwart of our Party who supports the elected Leader and campaigns to win. Please drop slates and choose me to do that job of work and I will report in writing after each meeting and work with you on common priorities.
I thank my near neighbours in Egham Hythe for electing me, on May 3rd 2018, to the role of Runnymede Borough Councillor. The first Labour representative on our council for 15 years. Unfortunately, due to plans to leave the area, I could not stand in 2019 but happily I helped 2 Labour councillors get elected to take over from me, doubling the opposition to the council's risky borrowing & investment strategy!
NATIONAL POLICY FORUM:
For 3 years I was one of the South East reps on the NPF and have worked hard in that position. I hope to continue to be involved in policy development in the future.
ANN BLACK kindly said the following about my NPF nomination in 2018.
"Fiona is one of the most hardworking constituency representatives on the NPF, she responds diligently to almost everything that members post on the policy forum website, and she is always happy to visit local parties and talk about the NPF and policymaking in general. I shall vote for her, and I hope that you will as well."
“Fiona would make an excellent candidate and MP: I first met her in 2014 and realised pretty quickly that she cared greatly about social justice and would move heaven and earth to achieve a fairer and more caring society. She is a superb campaigner for the NHS as well as the environment, the disadvantaged and small businesses. Importantly she also has the experience, knowledge and skills to work on the detail of policy once elected to Parliament.”
Jonathan Ashworth MP for Leicester South and Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
"Fiona is experienced in leading a General Election campaign team, maximising voter contact and motivating members.
She knows the importance of door to door campaigning as well as the value of using social media.
She is a life long Labour Party and Trade Union activist who will bring experience and enthusiasm
to any constituency campaign."
Sylvia Heal former MP, Mid Staffordshire 1990 1992, Halesowen and Rowley Regis 1997 2010
"Fiona has to be one of the hardest working campaigners I know. Fiona is also deeply committed to issues that are firmly grounded in Labour values. Any constituency would be lucky to have her as their MP."
Warren Weertman. Chair of Runnymede & Weybridge CLP.
“I first met Fiona in 2014 when she was walking 300 miles from Jarrow to London to save our NHS. She is a determined, knowledgeable and gifted advocate for quality public services and she constantly berates the Tories for the calculated damage that they inflict on the U.K. population. Fiona also works hard behind the scenes for genuine and positive progress and I know she would make a great Labour MP.”
Jos Bell. Chair of Socialist Health Association London and health & environmental campaigner.
”Fiona is a formidable campaigner for the Labour Party, the NHS, the environment and anti-austerity. She would make a great candidate in a key seat, leading from the front and inspiring support from all corners of the community.”
Robert Evans. MEP for London 1994 to 2009 and Surrey County Councillor 2003 onwards.
Fiona helped to start our artists co-operative and then chaired it for the first 2 years. During that time, with Fiona's help and tireless work we established very low cost art studios that lasted for 4 years and that helped several of us to establish ourselves in the art world. Fiona was always encouraging and supportive and as a result of having the studios I am now showing my work in galleries across the uk and selling my work.
Julie Adlard. Fine Artist.
I have known Fiona for many years since the early days of our careers in social services. She is honest and reliable and a person of great integrity. Fiona has always been a very hard worker and willing to take on challenges that many others would shy away from. She is determined and genuinely caring and I have no doubt that she would make an excellent candidate and a superb MP.
Tricia. Senior Social Worker.(No photo for professional reasons)
“Throughout the GE2015 Fiona was able to get the media attention on austerity, the failing government economic policy, the undermining of the NHS and issues such as the use of food banks by the many people suffering in our local community; her campaign succeeded in speaking to people across the social divides. Fiona is both a self starter and able to engage and work effectively with a broad range of people, a gifted Parliamentary campaigner, she would make a terrific MP.”
Jenny Ward. Windsor CLP Chair 2014 to 2017
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Some people who walked 300 miles with me in 2014, Jarrow to Westminster to save the NHS from expensive privatisation. We have not won this fight yet but the public now know what the Tories are up to and we are not going to let them get away with it!