Statement to voters
In common with about 13% of the UK population and more than a third of Londoners, I was born abroad. My ancestors emigrated from Europe to America, some in search of a better life, others to escape persecution and prejudice. In this country, I am an immigrant, though as a white, middle-class woman, that is a label rarely applied to me. Nobody has questioned my right to stay or the value I add by being here. After decades as a “resident alien”, I applied for citizenship. When I got my first passport, embossed with the words “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, I felt at home, all the more so because that passport also pronounced, in gold letters, “European Union”. These identities are not in conflict; they enhance each other, just as immigration has enriched and expanded British culture.
I have studied and worked in other European countries. I want others to enjoy this opportunity and for the UK to continue to profit from the exchange of expertise, knowledge, culture and labour that is so vital to our economy. I also never forget the origins of the EU in the rubble of war. As a journalist, I tracked the resurgence of regressive nationalism across Europe with growing alarm. Its rise, and the spectacle of mainstream politics adopting its messages rather than challenging it, helped prompt my move into politics.
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Catherine Mayer is an American-born British author and journalist, and the co-founder and President of the Women's Equality Party (WE) in the UK.Read more on Wikipedia
Women's Equality Party
Catherine Mayer's local party is the Women's Equality Party.
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You can meet candidates and question them at local hustings. Here are hustings where Catherine Mayer may be appearing.
(Past event) Tuesday 21 May 2019 18:30–20:30: London MEP (European Parliament) Election Hustings, Southwark Cathedral SE1 9DA.
(Past event) Tuesday 14 May 2019 19:30–21:30: Hustings for the European elections, St Anne's Church Wandsworth SW18 2RS.
(Past event) Tuesday 14 May 2019 18:45–21:00: West London European Parliament Election Hustings, Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith W6 9DT.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Women's Equality Party candidate for the London
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