Candidate statement: Gabrielle Bailey

The Green Party candidate for Hendon

Gabrielle Bailey, Green Party candidate for Hendon
Gabrielle Bailey, Green Party candidate for Hendon

I work as a fundraiser for an environmental regeneration and community development charity. This work has shown me how precarious daily life is for the most disadvantaged in our society. Successive government cuts and callous policies have created a ‘race to the bottom’ where profit and corporate interests are valued over people.

Government’s lack of action on the climate crisis concerns me deeply, particularly given impacts already being felt locally, across the UK and worldwide.

I am standing to advocate for policies which protect people and the planet, and to democratically empower communities to bring about positive social change.

My particular areas of interest include ensuring that any housing development being undertaken in this part of the borough is done with the views and needs of residents truly heard- as well as offering fully affordable housing options; protecting and promoting our local small businesses; improving people’s quality of life and building community resilience (particularly through tackling food poverty); enhancing local green spaces and access to communal facilities; and celebrating the unique diversity of our borough, promoting inclusion and working together to create more connected communities.

I believe the Green Party is the only party able to bring about the radical shift in our ‘business as usual’ politics and to deliver a fairer, more just, healthier, happier and more hopeful future for our society.

I want to see more ‘everyday’ people like myself representing the voice of local residents and getting involved in politics that is truly ‘for the people’.

Statements from the other seven candidates: Clareine Enderby – Liberal Democrats, Jane Gibson – Social Democratic Party, Ameet Jogia – Conservative, Imtiaz Palekar – Workers Party, Joshua Pearl – Reform UK, David Pinto-Dushchinsky – Labour, Ben Rend – Rejoin EU

Note: Barnet Post approached all candidates for the borough’s seats and offered them the opportunity to make a 250-word statement. The purpose of these statements is to give voters the clearest possible understanding of the perspectives of people who are asking for their support. In doing this, we acknowledge that some views expressed my cause offence and distress and apologise if this is the case.

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