WHO AM I?
Jane East at the Labour Party Conference in September 2014
I am a hardworking and honest individual, who is passionate about building a fairer, more equal and resilient British society. I seek to bring enormous energy and optimism to my work and to the people around me.
I bring nearly thirty years of work experience in the public and voluntary sectors, both in the UK and the developing world, and am able to engage with people from diverse communities, backgrounds and every part of society. Coming from a working class family and having attended my local comprehensive school, as a mature student I was the first in my family to go to university, where I gained a First Class Honours degree in social policy and a Masters in social work.
I worked with young homeless people and as a family and childcare social worker in Belfast for more than a decade before going to Africa as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) volunteer. I have spent the last thirteen years in senior management roles with international development organisations, including Amnesty International where I worked with our offices in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South-East Asia.
I have been working for Christian Aid for nearly four years, including leading its Nigeria programme, where I managed a team of 17 and an annual budget of almost £2m.
I have lived in every country of the UK and have a strong and diverse network of friends and family who keep me grounded. I am a keen cyclist and runner, though may struggle with the hills in the Colne and Holme Valleys!
WHAT DO I STAND FOR?
Jane East speaking at a human rights conference in South Korea
I am an ordinary person standing up for ordinary people. I stand for:
- I will fight for a fair share of the country's wealth for all working people
- I will stand up to vested interests (such as banks, newspapers and big business) whenever they work against the interests of ordinary people
- I will work to make sure you are properly consulted on issues that affect you
- I will stand up for human rights, including workers' rights
- And I will fight for a fairer use of the world’s resources for all its people
- I will not make promises that I can't keep
- I will talk honestly with you about the challenges we face in our country
- I will make sure you know where I stand on important issues
- I will support a Recall Bill so that MPs can be sacked by their constituents if they have acted unlawfully
- I will be completely open about ALL of my income and expenses
- In our country and in the world
- Between the North and the South in Britain
- Between men and women
- Equality of opportunity for people of all backgrounds
- I will fight for a fair tax system, where the rich pay their share. I want to stop Big Business and the wealthy fiddling their taxes. I want a Social Security system that treats us with dignity if we fall on hard times. I want a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
Everything I do as your MP will be about fighting for equality.