by Paula Sherriff
Hi everyone, really pleased to be able to contribute to this worthwhile and much needed site!
I was very proud to have been elected as a Labour Councillor in May this year. However, it is fair to say it didn’t come easy! I was elected in an AWS seat (incidentally really interested to hear other’s views on AWS?) The ward for which I stood had a candidate in mind and yes you guessed it – it was a man! I can go into details if you wish but, in a nutshell they made life very difficult indeed. Ultimately my selection was made by the DLP with Regional involvement. During a difficult campaign, I was subjected to abusive telephone calls, threatening behaviour and a number of untruths were circulated around the ward in question, generally questioning my integrity.
I had a couple of mini ‘wobbles’ but was determined to keep going and not give in to shocking, misogynistic behaviours. What really saddened me was that this treatment was being dished out from fellow party members, effectively going against everything the Labour party stands for.
I made over 5000 contacts between being selected and the election and improved the contact rate in the ward from 11% to nearly 50%.
I hope you are relieved to read that I was elected with a fairly sizeable majority despite an ex Labour party member standing against me as an Independent. Upon making my ‘victory’ speech I stated I was so proud to be a Labour party member but more importantly a ‘strong Labour woman’. I hope this resonates with many of you. We have a duty to and must try to stamp out this kind of behaviour within the party, there is simply no place for it!
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