Sue Vincent’s email to Labour group announcing bid to return to Camden cabinet
Hope you’ve all had good summers — I’ve just returned from Portugal and now, wading through emails, noticed with some disquiet it appears there are only all-male self-nominations being put forward for the Cabinet. As you know, we have enormous talents in the group from a wide range of people from different backgrounds, experience and expertise. It is really important that we are seen to reflect the broad array of people from our communities; that the process is inclusive — and that the process includes women! Is this Camden in the 21st Century?
I hope other women in the group will put themselves forward, please — even if you believe it may already be a done deal.
Meanwhile, this short email sets out very briefly why I will be self-nominating for the cabinet:
· I have been on the Executive previously, twice as Deputy Leader, as Cabinet member for community engagement, the environment and have been involved in planning and urban design for many years;
· these areas of interest demand a collaborative approach and define the way I work (also culminating in my contribution to The Design Companion for Planners and Placemakers published by RIBA this year);
· I raised two children, live in a council home, never went to university and I’m not male.
I will set out in a self-nomination form for you to read over the weekend. I will include my experience, expertise and how we can work collaboratively and collectively to best serve our many varied communities in Camden as we head towards the coming elections.