Hello, and welcome to my blog!
I believe that politics can lead positive change, should aim to engage with the public in making decisions, and shouldn’t be a negative thing that pushes ‘normal people’ away.
I’m also really passionate that people get more involved in politics, rather than being disengaged between elections, and allowing politics to be done at them from a distance while they’re not looking.
And whenever I think I can see a better way to do things, I’ll ask questions, challenge the status quo, and consider myself a bit of a heretic…
Heretics must believe. More than anyone else in an organization, it’s the person who’s challenging the status quo, the one who is daring to be great, who is truly present and not just punching a clock who must have confidence in her beliefs.
Can you imagine Steve Jobs showing up for the paycheck? It’s nice to get paid. It’s essential to believe.
– Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
On this blog I’ll be sharing my thoughts on a range of subjects, some local to Salford, some national or even international, with a general focus on politics.
This is the important bit…
I want to hear your opinion! I know I’m not always right, and I believe that discussion & debate is healthy, and helps us form & develop our viewpoints. So if you disagree with something I say, tell me. But equally, if you agree with me, say so too.
A few things you need to know about me…
We’re all shaped by our experiences and beliefs, and I’m no different, so it’s important that you know a little bit about my background.
I was born & raised in Manchester
I moved to Salford more than 10 years ago, and have been happy to call it my home ever since.
I’ve been interested in politics for many years, and am now an active Labour Party member.
- Since I was a teenager, inspired by local events and heroes, I’ve been a strong advocate of using your vote, from before I was able to vote.
- Over recent years, I’ve become increasingly convinced that I needed to get more involved in local politics, rather than just complaining from the sidelines.
- And so, having been a Labour Party supporter for a number of years, I became a Labour member in 2014, having been impressed by the commitment and determination of my local party to fight for people, in particular those affected by the Coaltion’s cuts.
I’ve worked in the NHS for over 10 years.
- Having held a range of posts, I’m currently working as a Systems Analyst in community NHS services.
- I’ve been involved in a wide variety of projects, increasingly becoming involved in finding more efficient ways for clinicians to work, particularly utilising available technology.
I’m an active member of Salford Elim Church
- Leading their online communications across a range of platforms, including managing their website, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Finalist in Christian New Media Awards 2011 for ‘Best Small Church Website’
- Have overseen a range of projects, including the recent Christmas Alive mini-site, bringing the Christmas story to life, making it interactive by allowing visitors to ask characters questions & receive answers.
So that’s a little bit about me, and hopefully gives you an idea of what to expect.
If you’ve got any questions, please send me a message, or comment directly on posts on my blog.