Unite nominee for National Policy Forum

Unite nominee for National Policy Forum

17 October 2016

Why I am standing... 

Dear London Labour Party members and affiliates 

I am currently seeking nomination to represent London at the National Policy Forum. The election will be held at London Regional Conference on Saturday 12th November. There have been some welcome developments recently. The election of Sadiq Khan has seen some great policy initiatives such as the 1 hour bus ‘hopper’ fare and the extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone to cut air pollution. Labour Party Conference passed an excellent 10-point statement on policy priorities, including a secure homes guarantee and a commitment to build at least half a million council homes. We now need to use the NPF to flesh out the policies and develop the detail of how we deliver. 

The National Policy Forum needs strong voices who understand how policies impact on London and will put our concerns at the top of the agenda: investing in our infrastructure, especially housing and transport; tackling the growth in inequality and poverty; preventing ordinary people being priced out of our area; protecting the NHS and our public services. I believe I can be that voice. 

I currently work at Unite the Union and before that I worked at UCATT, the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. I attended the last National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes on behalf of UCATT so I have first-hand experience of how the trade unions work closely together in the run-up to and during the NPF in order to maximise their impact on the policy making process. Whilst it is logistically more difficult for CLPs to work together, I want to put into practice my experience of this by increasing co-ordination amongst the CLPs.

My background and experience... 

I have been a Labour Party member for over 20 years, holding many positions at branch and constituency level. I am currently Secretary of my branch, Cann Hall. I am also a member of the GMB and a member of the Co-operative Party. I moved to Leyton and Wanstead 5 years ago, from the Borough of Camden (Holborn & St Pancras CLP) where I stood in the local elections in 2010 for Swiss Cottage ward and was a tenant activist on my Council Estate, Maiden Lane, successfully fighting off demolition plans by the then Tory and Lib Dem coalition. Before working for trade unions, I was a librarian at Birkbeck College, University of London, for over 10 years and was Branch President of Birkbeck University & College Union (UCU).

Kate Purcell
Seeking nomination to the National Policy Forum
Leyton & Wanstead CLP. Labour Party membership number: A606313.
69 Malvern Road, London E11 3D. 

07774 114 664