"I am standing in this election because Wales needs to be represented on the NEC by someone who will promote the democratic socialist policies that have been successful in keeping Labour in power here. Mark Drakeford’s bold leadership offers a vision that UK Labour needs to embrace if we are to rebuild the trust that wins elections.
Our job is to inspire people to vote for us because we convince them that we can transform their lives for the better. To do that we need to be convinced ourselves, so that members are energised and actively engaged in championing our values on the streets and in workplaces. Party members are a vital source of ideas and are often ahead of the leadership, for example on issues of equality and democratic reform, which is why, if elected, I commit to listening to members and reporting back regularly.
I have lived in Wales since 2012, after I retired as MP for Birmingham Selly Oak. I have been an active member of Brecon and Radnorshire CLP since then. Soon after moving here, I realised that my branch of Knighton and Presteigne had not been meeting and organised a relaunch. As well as being Branch Secretary, I have served as Vice Chair and Chair of my CLP. I have been a Samaritans’ listening volunteer and am passionate about conserving and enhancing nature. I have been enjoying learning Welsh since last July."