Shouldn’t politics just be about people meeting, talking, and taking action together? Not something far away from everyday life. There are some good politicians in this city, making a difference – and more than anything else, they’re present and visible in their communities.
Likewise, I’m very much out and about in our communities – at meetings, in cafes and pubs, at events, and more. Please come find me, share your ideas and concerns about our community (if you want), and we might even have a laugh.
I’m particularly keen to make myself available ahead of elections, so people know who and what they’re voting for. So, here (below) is a list of times and places I’ll be in the coming weeks. I’ll add a LOT more entries as the weeks unfold – watch this space. And I’m very open to invitations: please get in touch! (In fact, contact me anytime via phone/email/Twitter/FB if you can’t make it to see me: click here for contact info.)
Sun 13th May: 12.30-4pm at Hyde Park Picture house for this event and film screening (I’m one of the guest panellists); 5-7pm door knocking on the Northcotes in Beeston Hill; and 9-11pm at Rowland Road Social Club in Beeston Hill.
Tue 16th May: 6.30-8pm at the City and Hunslet Neighbourhood Improvement Board meeting at Hamara in Beeston Hill.
Fri 19th May: 7.15-8am at Yoga Hero at Leeds Dock (happy to talk before or after the session!); 8.15-9am chatting with commuters on Armouries Way at Leeds Dock; 10-11am at the coffee morning at the Beeston Hill United Free Church on Malvern Road.
Mon 22nd – Fri 26th May: we’ll be visiting local schools, with their permission (!), to talk with parents at drop-off and pick-up time (we do this year-round).
Mon 22nd May: 8-10pm at Bettakultcha at the Belgrave (I’m one of the presenters).
(Apologies: due to the tragic events in Manchester, campaigning was suspended across the country for several days, so various events were cancelled, and I pulled out of attending other community events.)
Fri 26th May: 1.30-3.30pm at the Leeds City College hustings at St George’s church in town.
Sat 27th May: 9-10am at Cross Flatts parkrun; 11am-3pm running a stall outside Tesco on Dewsbury Road in Beeston.
Sun 28th May: 11am-12pm running at stall at Granary Wharf near the train station; 12.30-2pm helping at the Ciaran Bingham community lunch club at the Maltings in Hunslet Moor; visting various local churches in the afternoon; 7.30-9.30pm at the Beeston community hustings at St Mary’s Parish Hall (then maybe the pub after).
Mon 29th May: I will be attending the West African community party in Cross Flatts Park (Beeston), and the Family Fun Day at the Parnaby Tavern in Hunslet Carr.
Tue 30th May – Fri 2nd June: we’ll be out at commuter spots in the city throughout this week, at morning and afternoon rush-hour.
Wed 31st May: 10-11am at the Hunslet Methodist coffee morning / foodbank.
Tue 6th June: 10-11am at the parents and tots group at St Luke’s Church in Holbeck/Beeston.
Thu 7th June: 6.30-8pm at the Hunslet Tenants and Residents meeting, at the Hunslet Nazarene church.
**Many more dates to follow – watch this space.**
I really look forward to meeting you, and – whatever happens on 8th June – working with you to create the positive change we need in our communities and our city.
(Image courtesy of Fraser Stride, taken at Beeston Festival – a big annual event which I’ve helped coordinate over the past 10+ years.)