Statement to voters
I’m fortunate enough to have a best friend who knows me very well. After hearing Sandi Toksvig on the radio she phoned me “This is ‘so you’” she said. “And we need to be part of this.”
She was right of course. I joined the Women’s Equality Party three years ago as a founding member. It was, and is, a no-brainer. If you’re fed up with the system and how it fails so many people - start a new one. Stop patching up the old one.
Try looking at things from a different point of view. It’s not always easy but it’s worth it. You have to be open. It helps to understand that there will be different ideas that might be better, or, at the very least, worth considering.
My focus starts with community. We are all part of communities - family, friends, work - but your neighbourhood, your neighbours, are a vital and so often neglected element in your daily life. Supporting communities to build themselves and have a control in their environment is essential. Being involved in the running of where you live, to have a say about your home, means people feel safe and included. Those who are most vulnerable, those who may feel on the outside, or have limited resources should feel noticed, valued and safe.
Our community is what we are connected to when we step outside our front door. I believe making sure that it is a safe, clean and welcoming environment benefits everyone in the most basic way.
I decided to step forward to be the Women’s Equality Party candidate for the Council last year. The Lambeth branch of WE is full of inspiring, knowledgeable and above all, kind people. It is as part of that team, with their dedication and support, that makes me convinced that together WE can be a force for change, for community, and above all Equality.
Working with others for a community for everyone:
As a non-partisan part the Women’s Equality Party can work with all parties on proposals that we support, and challenge them over things we disagree with. I have been working with:
• A Labour Councillor & Support for Lambeth Women on the proposed abortion clinic buffer zone around the Marie Stopes.
• Defend the Ten and other library campaigners to put pressure on the council to relook at their proposals for libraries and library services and to invest not cut.
• The People’s Audit to encourage the council to have better financial management and greater transparency around tendering and awarding contracts.
Development and Regeneration:
I’ve lived in Brixton for two decades. Much of the change I’ve seen is good, but developments have to be part of the community and not divide it. Brixton Hill residents can rely on me to speak up for them and for the spaces we all share. The People’s Audit revealed that not only is the mismanagement of social housing maintenance contracts wasting thousands of pounds of council money, it isn’t getting the job done. I know from my day job that this can be done better, cheaper and quicker if done on a local business level.
Safer, cleaner, greener:
As a woman with a teenage daughter I am aware of the little things that can make people (and particularly women) feel unsafe in their own neighbourhood. We deserve to have clean, safe streets. Community starts here. I’ve been involved with traffic calming campaigns outside Richard Atkins Primary and stopping a 24hr McDonalds in Streatham Place.
This statement was added by Janet Baker, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Janet Baker may be appearing.
(Past event) Saturday 21 April 2018 15:00–17:00: Lambeth Housing Local Election Hustings Question Time, The Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton SW9 7PH.
(Past event) Thursday 19 April 2018 18:30–21:30: People's Audit Hustings, Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre (VGCC), 5 Glasshouse Walk, Lambeth SE11 5ES.
(Past event) Monday 16 April 2018 14:00–16:30: Lambeth Pan-Disability Forum Hustings, “We are 336”, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.
(Past event) Wednesday 11 April 2018 19:00: Streatham Action Local Election Hustings, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham SW16 2BF.
(Past event) Monday 9 April 2018 19:00–22:00: Queer Question Time- South London, The Two Brewers, 114 Clapham High Street SW4 7 UJ.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2018: The Lambeth local election, as the Women's Equality Party candidate for the Brixton Hill
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