Let's turn Hastings and Rye red again together
I’m standing to be Hastings and Rye’s next Labour MP. I have the local roots, track record of winning and the energy to win back Hastings and Rye for Labour - and make Sally-Ann Hart a one term MP.
I want to hear what matters to you so get in touch and help shape our campaign. Let’s win this together!
Helena beat the Tories and the Greens to become a Labour Councillor and has a strong track record of winning for those she represents, whether her residents, colleagues or fellow Labour party members. She has campaigned for change at every level from the United Nations to BBC South East Today and has the experience to run the campaign we need to take on the Tories and Sally-Ann Hart.
Helena first became a Labour activist more than a decade ago when the Tories came to power and decimated local services. Even as a student she highlighted cuts to her local school budget, Heathfield Community College, taking the issue to the national press, politicians and Labour Party conference.
Since then she has spent her career putting her Labour values into action to tackle health, housing and education inequalities. From her time working in international development and humanitarian work, she understands the difference that quality education, great healthcare and affordable housing can make for a community. Her work at Save the Children took her from refugee camps in Bangladesh to war zones like Yemen, and she stood up for the world’s most vulnerable children.
When the pandemic struck, she trained as a volunteer vaccinator with St John’s Ambulance helping vaccinate people at the Laycock Pharmacy in Ore. Helena previously represented the South East on Labour's National Policy Forum so she knows what it takes to make sure areas like ours aren’t forgotten at Westminster.
As a trade unionist Helena has negotiated better pay and conditions and set up a women's network in her workplace. She supports a pay rise for our keyworkers who have worked so hard during the pandemic.
Helena's started work stacking shelves in Sainsbury's and she recently met with Sainsbury's colleagues to support USDAW's Respect Your Shopworkers campaign after a survey found that 90% of shopworkers have been abused at work.
Helena trained as a volunteer vaccinator with St John's Ambulance to help speed up the roll out. In her day job she runs a humanitarian coalition of NGOs and United Nations agencies tackling Covid-19 in developing countries because no one is safe until we are all safe.
Helena worked to bring governments together at the United Nations to pledge more support for children in warzones and child refugees
Helena has been raising awareness of record ambulance waiting times after her family's experience last year. For a stroke or heart attack patient, the target is 18 minutes but analysis shows that on average people wait over 30 minutes for South East Coast Ambulance service