I am standing in the local elections because I want to serve the people of Town Close and of Norwich as a whole in these difficult times.
For me it is essential to work to defend public services (especially the NHS), for more affordable housing, against the bedroom tax, to improve public transport and cycle routes, to save green spaces and to promote local independent businesses. Public and community solutions must come before private gain and speculation.
Born and bred in this city, I identify strongly with local popular traditions going back to Robert Kett, Amelia Opie, and the Agricultural Workers’ Union. I also have extensive experience elsewhere in this country and abroad, having worked as Lecturer and Professor of Latin American studies in Toronto and Liverpool. My career entailed frequent visits to Latin America, and I draw much inspiration from that region with its popular movements and governments, which show us that “Another World Is Possible”. In Norfolk we like to “du diff’rent”, and we can draw on both local and global examples to do just that.
Throughout my adult life I have been active in community groups, trade unions and solidarity movements. Two years ago I returned to live in Norwich with my wife Luisa. I have been active on local issues such as the campaign against the NDR and such groups as the Norwich Society, Friends of the Norfolk Dialect and the Norfolk People’s Assembly.
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First Wednesday of each month, 6 to 7pm: Belvedere Centre, Belvoir Street
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