Car free…

Car free…

Following my Car Free Day a couple of weeks ago, I've become quite a convert to public transport. Sure it takes longer, but that doesn't have to feel like a waste of time. Of course, if you're on the train during rush hour and it's standing room only, that feels quite...

Car Free Day

Car Free Day

I didn't need a car when I lived in London, with tubes running every couple of minutes, regular buses, trams and rail, getting around is an easy task. But since I moved back home, the only time I use public transport is when my car is at the garage for its MOT....

Mossley Hill Matters: Parking & Traffic

Mossley Hill Matters: Parking & Traffic

The first Mossley Hill Matters Event took place on Monday 3rd February 2020 at Mossley Hill Athletics Club, located right in the middle of a parking issue hotspot, which was quite fitting given that the subject on debate was parking and traffic issues. Why Mossley...

January 2020

January 2020

January was off to a flying start with the introduction of my Knit & Natter group at Coopers Coffee Shop. The first session was on 6th Jan, and there was just me and Angela - Elizabeth's mum who came along to support me and got roped in to coming every week....

December 2019

December 2019

Well December was a bit of a mixed bag wasn't it? I've already talked about the General Election so I won't dwell on it here. December started with a lovely Christmas Lights switch on organised by Mossley Hill Residents Association (MHRA) on 4th December. The...

Smashing the New Year Resolutions

Smashing the New Year Resolutions

I just want to take a moment to look back at my new years resolutions because I think I did pretty well on them this year… I decided 2019 was going to be the year when I became visible. When I stopped worrying what people thought about me and got out there and made...

Post Election Blues and Making Sense of Things

Post Election Blues and Making Sense of Things

It's been a few days since the election and after a day of crying and a couple of days of feeling sad and anxious, I think I've gathered my thoughts enough to get some perspective on everything.  First of all, overwhelmingly I thought "that's it then, goodbye NHS,...

November 2019

November 2019

This last month has been busy, with the General Election being called we've been campaigning all over the place, lending our support to marginal seats like Southport as well as delivering leaflets around Mossley Hill for the new Riverside candidate Kim Johnson. I...

GE2019: The NHS

GE2019: The NHS

In the run up to the general election, I've been looking in more detail at some of Labour's policies. It seems lately that people are always saying things like, "what this country needs is..." and "this bloody government..." and there's a general sense in the air that...

GE2019: Universal Basic Income

GE2019: Universal Basic Income

In the run up to the General Election on 12th December I want to look at different Labour policies to explore what it is that Labour is offering. Labour’s policies will transform the country and their plans are fully costed. They know their plans are achievable,...

GE2019: A National Education Service

GE2019: A National Education Service

In the run up to the General Election on 12th December I want to look at different Labour policies to explain what it is that Labour is offering. Labour’s policies will transform the country and their plans are fully costed. They know their plans are achievable,...

GE2019:  Labour’s Brexit Policy

GE2019: Labour’s Brexit Policy

In the run up to the General Election on 12th December I want to look at different Labour policies to explain what it is that Labour is offering. Labour's policies will transform the country and their plans are fully costed. They know their plans are achievable,...

My Selection Speech to Mossley Hill BLP

My Selection Speech to Mossley Hill BLP

First of all, thank you for shortlisting me and giving me this opportunity to introduce myself: I'm Helen and I want to be the next Labour Councillor for Mossley Hill. I've been working in the voluntary and community sector for 14 years. In that time I've worked with...

On the knocker: first time experience on the doorstep

On the knocker: first time experience on the doorstep

It's the one thing about which I've always thought "not a chance". The idea of knocking on doors asking people to vote, filled me with dread. Mainly because, I hate it when people knock on my door unexpectedly. If I'm not expecting a delivery from Sizzlas then it can...

Caroline Lucas and the All Female Cabinet

Caroline Lucas and the All Female Cabinet

This week Green MP, Caroline Lucas, made a rather unpopular suggestion of creating an all female cabinet of cross party MPs to prevent a no deal Brexit. To say it fell flat is an understatement. I've had a couple of discussions on social media about this...

Proud to support Liverpool Pride

Proud to support Liverpool Pride

Bit of a cliched title, but last weekend I took part in my first Pride march. To be clear, I fully support everything Pride stands for, but I have something of a fear of crowds so I’ve always avoided anything that attracts large gatherings; I’ve...

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

There's been some shocking revelations this week about the number of people who either don't know or don't believe that the Holocaust happened. While this is disturbing to say the least, because if you don't believe that something this awful...

The importance of finding your people.

The importance of finding your people.

We all have people we're close to. Siblings, cousins, friends. We might have friends we've known for so long they've become family. But despite the close connection we might not necessarily have much in common in terms of hobbies and interests. I love my sister and my...

A New Year, A New Me.

A New Year, A New Me.

We're already 8 days into the new year but I finally know what I want to do differently this year: I want to be visible. I want to stop worrying about what other people think of me, to the point where I don't raise my head above the parapet. I...

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue

I seem to recall hearing that when I was younger and rolling my eyes dramatically. But today, in a world where everything happens at the touch of a button, maybe we could all do with strengthening our patience. Gone are the days when you would wait 14 days for...