The support of friends and colleagues from the socialist movement is very important to anyone who wants to stand for office as a Labour Party candidate. For many months the vacancy for a Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for South Thanet has been a topic of conversation. During this time I have received much encouragement and support to stand for selection.
Now that the process is well under way, some of those who are backing me for PPC have openly shown their support. The list includes politicians, trade unions, Momentum and individuals. To all those showing support in public and privately I am grateful. Together I hope we can run a successful campaign and prove that the Labour Party in South Thanet wants a Parliamentary candidate with demonstrable skills for speaking out and winning for the many, not the few.
The people of Thanet South need a strong, socialist candidate who is able to oppose the Tories’ cruel record of cuts.
Karen would be formidable, and as an MP she would be a real asset to a Corbyn-led Labour government.
I urge local members to support her.
Rosie Duffield MP
Karen is a fantastic campaigner, bringing energy, knowledge and passion to the issues that affect Thanet. She stands up for ordinary people and approaches everything with commitment and care. I’m proud to call her my friend and would be delighted to see her join me fighting for a more equal society in Parliament.
Karen is striking in her passion and commitment towards the communities she serves. I am always struck by, and in admiration of, the fact that she has her feet on the ground and takes every single issue faced by her community seriously. She leaves no stone unturned in thinking about creating better communities.
Dawn Butler MP
Shadow Women and Equality Minister
I’ve know Karen for over 20 years. I know she’s totally committed to equality. She has endless energy, enthusiasm and ideas. With her wealth of experience and commitment to the Labour and Trade Union movement I’m sure she would be a very effective and hardworking MP for South Thanet.
Karen is a very smart, principled and dedicated person.
She did great work for our union, working with and representing vulnerable members.
The great thing about Karen is she gets thing done, solves problems and doesn’t play games.
She’s not afraid to show steel when it’s needed, but she always handles people with compassion and understanding.
Chief Executive, Managers in Partnership
Kate Osamor MP
Karen’s experience as a trade unionist, standing up and delivering for working people, is needed in Parliament. Her record in beating UKIP and campaigning against Tory austerity show she has the right values to represent the people of South Thanet.
Karen has all the drive, understanding, and compassion required to be an immensely effective local MP and make a real difference to the people and businesses of Thanet.
Trade union endorsements
I’m very proud to be supported by Momentum.