Labour Women’s Network Elections

I’m standing for election to the Labour Women’s Network Management Committee. Raised in Lancashire I’m a passionate feminist and LGBT woman with the strength and resilience to get things done. Ballots drop on 16th August so if you are an LWN member eligible to vote look out for yours and Vote Ashley Dalton for LWNContinue reading “Labour Women’s Network Elections”

Time to listen on crime

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) latest crime figures, released in January, make for grim reading. The figures show that violent crime recorded by the police in England and Wales rose by 19% in the year to September 2018. That includes a 14% increase in homicides – the highest total for murder and manslaughter inContinue reading “Time to listen on crime”

A community approach to a knife crime crisis

I wrote for Progress Online about knife crime in Southend on Sea: There has long been an assumption that knife crime is an ‘inner city’ problem. That assumption, however, has been blown apart by a series of violent incidents here  on the Essex coast in Rochford & Southend East. In May this year, a 19Continue reading “A community approach to a knife crime crisis”

Goodbye Sir Teddy.

Today I learned the sad news of the death yesterday of Sir Teddy Taylor. MP for Southend East and later Rochford and Southend East for 25 years he was truly dedicated to this town. He was an MP for over 40 years, the first 15 years or so spent in his native Scotland but when he came toContinue reading “Goodbye Sir Teddy.”

Small conversations in small northern towns and other ways to change the world – an interview with Ruth Alcroft

For a woman that says she loves small northern towns, Ruth Alcroft doesn’t half think big. Having never lived south of the M62, Ruth has moved around the northern towns of England for the past few decades, always staying within traveling distance of her husband’s beloved Newcastle United and St James’ Park. She’s currently settledContinue reading “Small conversations in small northern towns and other ways to change the world – an interview with Ruth Alcroft”

“There are always people who don’t like what I’ve got to say, but when you need to tell the truth and get a message across, you have to put yourself out there”

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 Case File No.7: Michelle Langan ? File under: #homelessness #reform #charity #politics #laws #justice ? You know when there are people in your orbit doing wonderful things, and you’re aware of what they do, but don’t know the detail? Michelle Langan is one such person for me.…

#SaveSouthend A&E

My statement in support of #SaveSouthend A&E as the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Rochford and Southend East “As the Labour Party Rochford and Southend East Parliamentary candidate for the election in June I am proud to support the campaign to save Southend’s A&E. Labour is listening and if elected into government we pledge to immediately haltContinue reading “#SaveSouthend A&E”