Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Support Junior Doctors strike now

We are living at a potential critical moment in the history. The bankers brought the world to the precipice, but neoliberalism managed to put the brakes on before it fell into the abyss. But it was very very close.

I think we are certainly here in the UK at a pivotal moment whereby we could finally dump austerity and the enforced misery and brutality it has brought to millions in this country.

I want to give a massive show of respect and solidarity to a group of activists who have shown the trade unions just what is needed to highlight the serious harm being done through austerity policies to people with disabilities and their families and carers. The anti-austerity social movement now taking place simply would not have been here without the actions of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). I am proud that our Barnet UNISON branch took strike action and then joined DPAC outside the House of Commons on 8 July 2015 in response to George Osborne’s emergency budget. I can report that some of our unison members were shocked as to how the Police were handling people in wheelchairs. I know there are some who want to distance themselves from direct action DPAC take, but you have got to understand that DPAC have been providing countless evidence that people with disabilities are dying as a direct result of austerity.  At the end of last year the UK became the first country in the world to be investigated by the United Nations for grave and systematic violations of Disabled people’s rights. This statement makes sobering reading but in my opinion we have DPAC to thank for helping expose the brutal reality of austerity for people with disabilities. 

Check out their website here for their #RightsNotGames week of action starting 4 -10 September

I’ve had enough of Austerity, I don’t know about anyone else but if I hear another politician trying to sell cuts as a way to improve services my head is going to spontaneously explode.

This is why I am taking personal responsibility for my actions.

There is an opportunity for change for millions if Jeremy is elected on 24 September.

Jeremy and his heroic team of MPs have kept anti austerity in the mainstream media despite the efforts of the 172 MPs. Their selfish actions which became public after Brexit have reinforced negative opinions of MPS as self-serving, out of touch and arrogant BUT they have also reinforced and enhanced the grassroots support for the politics being promoted by Jeremy and his team of MP’s.

Instead of the Labour Party disappearing into obscurity, it is rapidly growing and every time they attack Jeremy, more new members appear.

The time for the gravy train politicians and trade unions are over if we are truly to deal with the growing inequalities that are decimating our communities. This social movement is a massive wake up call for the establishment and that does include trade unions.

The establishment have responded by attacking Jeremy and his supporters relentlessly, but it appears to be backfiring.  

There are three things I would like to see happen in the next three weeks.

The first is that Jeremy is given a standing ovation at TUC conference this September. The TUC has under performed for decades, it needs to grasp this opportunity and tap into the energy being generated by Jeremy Corbyns campaign to reinvigorate the trade union movement. It needs to be a real leader of the labour movement. For decades it has presided over the dismantling of the trade union movement in the workplace. The rights of workers have eroded, collective bargaining almost all gone, membership down from 12 million to just over 6 million and the direction it takes now will define the trade union movement for a generation. It must surely be a wake-up call for everyone when trade unions try to defend themselves by claiming we don’t take much strike action especially after the last six years of austerity. The Trade Unions need to recognise Jeremy's message is resonating with workers. All of the general secretaries should go back to the roots of trade unionism and offer real solidarity to Jeremy and his team. The must now actively, publicly stand by him to rebut the heinous attacks being perpetrated by the establishment. Now is not the time to be a on the side-lines as a spectator, there is a war being waged against our members and public services. Jeremy is facing it and we as good union members need to stand should to shoulder with him and his team.
Second, the TUC needs to give unequivocal support for the junior doctors strike. More than that, they need to use all of their social media outlets to defend and publicise why we the public need to support the junior doctors. The junior doctors strike reminds me so much of the 1984/5 Miners Strike. We know what happened back then. The TUC turned their backs on the Miners. The consequences of that betrayal are being felt even now. Thatcher moved on from the Miners and took out many of the other big unions, anti-union laws were implemented, and collective bargaining was destroyed. Now we have low membership levels , zero hours, increased inequality, union reps targeted, blacklisting the list is pitiful. This must not be allowed to happen again. I want to hear speaker after speaker at TUC conference finds a way to bring the junior doctors strike onto the agenda. What I don’t want to hear is that if junior doctors turn up a TUC conference and for some bureaucratic reason they are not allowed in or address conference. But this is not enough all the trade unions that represent NHS workers which includes my union UNISON, must now organise a planning meeting with grassroots reps in the NHS whereby they can discuss how they can coordinate strike action with the junior doctors. NHS workers all know they are next, I am confident they would rather fight with the doctors than without them. Organising is not rocket science, you just need to listen and trust and resource the grassroots reps and membership. 

Lastly, on 24 September I want to hear that Jeremy has won leadership election. I am not complacent, so I am ignoring polls and will do everything I can to help ensure enough members vote for Jeremy. What happens next is critical. We need to mobilise immediately all those who have joined into an army of activists ready to work on the doorstep to elect Jeremy as Prime Minister. It is going to mean hard work, but we have an unstoppable social movement that has had enough of the spin and slick men or women in expensive designer suits. We have a massive job to dismantle austerity but we have 10 pledges with which to work on in discussions with family, friends, workplaces.

Often people, members, reps ask me where I get my energy to keep going, I don’t know but there has been a fire burning within me for a long time but for a brief while this year it almost burnt out. However the embers were still warm and the prospect of being able to be part of an anti-austerity social movement have reignited that flame within me , I'm even thinking of getting out the drum again even though it put my back out for a few days. 

I’m so up for this chance to be a small part of the history of our Labour movement. 

Are you?


Welcome Home

Dear Friends and supporters

Yesterday I attended my first Barnet_Unison reps meeting in six months due to my unfortunate ‘breakdown’ in February this year.

I was a little nervous, but they played this short video at the start of the meeting. I remember this song from “Opportunity Knocks”.

The reps and office staff really made me welcome. I am so proud to have had the honour and privilege to play a part in the fightbacks our members have been waging in the face of a relentless ideology to outsource all of our council services here in Barnet.

The meeting was as usual full of critical issues, we got down to some serious business to deal with mass outsourcing, pay & grading, and messages of support for DurhamTAs, DerbyTAs, and DPAC just to name a few.

I love my branch.


Monday, 29 August 2016

Breaking the silence about Term Time Pay - Durham Miners Gala

Welsh MP condemns Right wing of Labour Party

"The Right Wing of the Labour Party would rather see it fall into perpetual decline rather than abide by its democratic decisions' 


What can we learn from Pride & LGSM – No to Austerity

What can we learn from Pride & LGSM – No to Austerity

Here is a thought what if Lesbian Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) were actively around now and turned their attention to the brutal onslaught on our Libraries, Museums and Galleries? 

To help understand where I am going here is an inspirational clip of the scene in the Miners Club from Pride when LGSM decided they needed to up the ante. The look on his face when he decided they had to do more is something I can identify with. The scene ends with a beautiful rendition of “Bread & Roses” which I would like to arrange to be sung at the end of the march on 5 November. If you know of a choir who would sing it on the march please let me know. 

So as Heineken do not do marches here is my revised script of the above scene but in this case it is the call to arms to defend our Libraries, Museums and Galleries:  

“Listen to me everyone I just want to say something, we the unions have let you down, no we have, we haven’t stopped the cuts, closures, the privatisation of our libraries our museums and our galleries, we haven’t raised enough awareness, we know that, it’s not enough to always be defending sometimes you have to attack push forward, and that is exactly what we are going to do, we are organising a demonstration so spectacular people will be talking about this demonstration for decades it will be so incredible so effective to that the Tory government will come crawling on their hands and knees in full drag to beg for forgiveness for the brutal cuts they unleashed on our public services, Victory, Victory for our Libraries, Museums and Galleries.”

On Saturday 12 September 2015 I was proud to be able to march with a wonderful group of residents on our Kids4Libraries march and we were joined by Nicola Field one of the original members of LGSM and their iconic banner and also the late Davey Hopper with the Durham Miners banner. It was also the day Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader. 

If you have not seen the film, please look at some of the trailers:

Pride 2014 Trailer here

Pride 2014 - Dance scene

Pride Movie CLIP Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy

Pride Movie CLIP - LGSM Meets Dai

Pride Movie CLIP - Bread & Roses

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Let Theresa one of the heroic UNISON NHS Care UK workers #Vote4Jeremy

And so the purge of grass roots activists continues at a pace, this time falling on one of the individuals involved in the historic 90 day Care UK strike in Doncaster.

Theresa Rollinson who is a Health Service Group Executive (SGE) official for unison has been informed that she cannot vote in the upcoming labour leader election.

Theresa fought as all did with so much vigour and determination in defending our public services from the Sharks of the private sector who put profit before people.

During the ENTIRETY of our 90 day dispute we NEVER saw any of the three Doncaster labour MP 's on our picket lines the three being Ed Miliband (leader of the Labour Party at the time), Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint, to say that a predominantly labour voting picket line was devastated at their inactivity would be an understatement.

This led to disillusionment with the labour movement in Doncaster, surely the first point of reference for ANY MP is defending their constituent’s livelihoods.

But whilst on our travels in our dispute we met a then backbench MP Jeremy Corbyn on quite a few occasions who openly supported our strike action and we had no doubt that had he been our MP here in Doncaster he would have been a frequent visitor to our picket line......this man has re-instilled our belief in a brighter future that ALL can benefit from, not just the privileged elite.

Many if not all of the strikers voted for him in the labour leader election, then to find that he has to stand again after being democratically elected is an attack on the democratic process, we are now finding many activists and lifelong labour members are being systematically targeted as being deemed as not eligible to vote in the upcoming election , this is a travesty and a national disgrace, and as unison members and officials we ask and expect our UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to intercede in these unacceptable developments

We believe in the democratic process but recent events have led to many feeling that it is becoming more like a dictatorship, this has to be addressed for us and our future generations.

Roger Hutt UNISON 90 Care UK striker

Theresa Rollinson UNISON 90 day Care UK striker

Andy Squires UNISON 90 day Care UK striker


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Living with depression

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” Stephen Fry

I never thought I would ever end up writing about living with depression. Even though I have worked in mental health services and know the signs and symptoms you never think it will hit you. How wrong I was.

If I am honest with myself I think I knew but chose to ignore the signs, perhaps because of my fear of the stigma and of how people may change their attitudes towards me or by then I was beyond caring.

My depression is perhaps many faceted but what has certainly drained my capacity to keep positive has been the fact I have been subjected to bullying for the past decade. Like all bullying it has had peaks and troughs, but it has been eating away at me and one day in February I just had nothing left. I guess some will wonder how I can be experiencing bullying, but if there is one thing that I have learnt from representing members, it is that anyone can be bullied. I have learnt as a social worker and trade union rep bullying can happen to all of us. Often bullying takes place and other work colleagues know it is taking place but don’t say anything for fear that the bullying will move to them. I do understand why others have stayed silent and I don’t blame them, but we all have our limits.

A good friend who shared their experience of depression best summed it up by saying “you are completely drained like a car battery, you can’t drive with a dead battery.” This resonated with me as I just woke up one day and something had happened. My colleagues in the UNISON office all say that they were not surprised, they were only wondering when it would happen.

It did take a lot of persuading to see my GP, my workload is always crazy and I do admit I take the attacks on my members personally. I am always thinking about what we are doing, how we can improve and what we do next. I am based in a Council which six years ago announced it was going for mass outsourcing, though they deny it; at least 22 Council Services have now been outsourced to another employer in the last four years and the last of us are now due to be outsourced by April next year. The stress and anxiety being experienced by our members is intolerable and therefore I am always trying to find different ways to support them.

On the day I decided to visit my GP, I can’t pretend it wasn’t very stressful because I feared just what he might say, I genuinely wondered if I was going to be sectioned as I knew I was in a bad way.

I am glad I saw my GP and whilst I was not keen on taking medication I recognised I had taken the first step by finally acknowledging I had a serious problem. I could no longer pretend it wasn’t there. By the second visit to the GP and I agreed a treatment plan with counselling and reluctantly medication.

Now after several months of treatment, I am glad to report that I am starting to feel better. I am still struggling with the side effects of the medication which sometimes impacts on the quality of my life. As someone who has never taken medication, this is still an area I am struggling with.  

I must thank the NHS services for the services they have provided for me, because I know deep down they have probably saved my life. Just writing those words “saved my life”, is still quite sobering and there are times when I can’t believe how I got into such a state.
Since my condition has become known to some of my friends, some of them have shared their own experiences of depression. It is no surprise to me that each of us has a different experience of how it impacts our mental health. As a practitioner in mental health and now a service user I recognise much more the importance of seeking help. Sometimes first contact might not be a positive experience but don’t give up because the NHS hopefully won’t give up on you. I know that mental health services are being decimated and there is an increased need for services, which is why we must all actively campaign to stop the destruction of mental health services.

Many friends and comrades have wondered where I had gone and for those sending messages of support a big thanks, you don’t realise just how much messages do help. I have started going back to work gradually, I’ve had a few relapses as I have tried to take too much on, so I am going to try and slow down……………..honest! 

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” – J.K. Rowling

I have left below a few links to a number of different mental health services. I just want to say, if you are experiencing depression or you have a friend with depression, just being there for them can be just as therapeutic as any of the other treatments.



Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Grassroots union members support Jeremy Corbyn & the Magnificent Seven

*****Updated "Magnificent Seven"

Dear friends

Below is a solidarity message from a number of General secretaries of unions that nominated Jeremy whom I have renamed as the "Magnicient Seven"

"As general secretaries of unions that have nominated Jeremy Corbyn to remain as leader of the Labour party, we are writing to explain why the millions of members in our unions and the millions of workers beyond should vote for Jeremy.

We have all known him for many years. He has supported us, stood on our picket lines, celebrated our successes, and campaigned alongside us for trade union rights.

Jeremy’s pledge is to rebuild and transform Britain so that no one and no community is left behind. His commitment to introducing sectoral collective bargaining, and mandatory collective bargaining for companies with more than 250 employees would transform and rebalance industrial relations to make them fit for the 21st century.

For more than three decades Jeremy’s track record and socialist credentials make him the choice for leader of the Labour party. We need a Labour government committed to workers’ rights, social justice, government investment in our manufacturing sector and public sector and good quality jobs. Jeremy campaigns for all of these and is the person to lead the Labour party into government to make them a reality. He is the only choice to get the job done."

1. Mick Whelan General secretary, Aslef
2. Ronnie Draper General secretary, BFAWU
3. Dave Ward General secretary, CWU
4. Matt Wrack General secretary, FBU
5. Manuel Cortes General secretary, TSSA
6. Brian Rye Acting general secretary, Ucatt
7. Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite


I note the second largest union, my union is not on the list even though I thought we had nominated Jeremy.

As a grassroots Barnet UNISON member I am proud to publicly add my name to the letter printed in the Guardian.

Any other UNISON members or any other trade union members who want to add their name in solidarity, simply leave your name and union as a comment and it will be added in due course.

John Burgess Branch Secretary Barnet UNISON

Dan Hoggan Greenwich Unite

Suzy Franklin co/ Chair Plymouth in unison

Patrick Hunter Convenor Barnet UNISON

Graham Croucher ASLEF Bletchley Branch

Theresa Rollinson Unison

Ian Thomas unison Cardiff and vale health branch and service group executive member

Janette Welsh Unite community

Lisa Dempster Unison Knowsley branch

Helen Davies Chair Barnet UNISON

Andrew Berry UNISON National Labour Link Committee (not in a personal capacity)

Hugh Jordan Barnet UNISON Libraries Convenor

Dan Sartin, Branch Secretary, UNISON West Sussex

Stephen Thomas, UNISON Hartlepool LG

Doug Wright Ex UNISON NEC Member

Jenny Aster Assistant Secretary UNISON City University

Sean Fox Joint Haringey UNISON Branch Secretary

Liz James Barnet UNISON steward

Megan Charlton, Durham Unison

Jordan Rivera, branch sec Homerton hospital UNISON.

Kathryne Wray, UCATT and member of County Durham Trades Union Council

Jennie Antonio, UNISON Birmingham Branch Rep and LGBT Self organising group

Andy Squires, Unison steward Doncaster and Basetlaw Health Branch (ex Care Uk 90 day striker)

Matt Ratcliffe
UNISON Hillingdon LG Branch Sec

David Hughes Local Govt Service Group Exec

Amanda Brown, Branch Secretary Dorset County branch of Unison

Ben Sellers, Secretary, County Durham Trades Union Council.

Roger hutt  unison doncaster+bassetlaw branch

Kieran Crowe, TSSA steward

Alan Gibbons, Author, Society of Authors

Gary Padgett Lincolnshire county Unison branch

Jean Jones  Unite Branch Newcastle upon Tyne

Mandy Berger UNISON Co-Convenor Camden

Ben Jackson UNISON Branch Secretary Manchester Community and Mental Health
Sue Hatherley, member of UNISON
Louis Smyth Barnet Unison schools Officer.
Sue Hatherley, member of UNISON
Claire locke chair London met unison
Adrian Kennett Hull Branch and NEC member Yorkshire and Humberside.
Berny Parkes, Chair, Dorset County Branch Unison
Hayley Kemp International Officer Plymouth in Unison
Hugo Pierre Camden Unison Schools Convener, NEC member
Esther Rey Hounslow Unison Joint Branch Secretary

Sunday, 21 August 2016

In the Labour Party and or Momentum – Get stuck in now!

There is a so much negative publicity about Jeremy, I wouldn’t be surprised if some supporters are becoming overwhelmed by the relentless attacks and smears.

There is a risk and we are all human to try and engage the negative comments online.
My advice, is try not to respond.

Unlike Jeremy who appears to have unlimited energy levels as he travels the length and breadth of the country, we must all try to conserve our energies in order to avoid burn out. Believe me, this is not something I would want for anyone.

What I am going to do is concentrate on the positive work we all can do in our workplaces and communities.

I am in Enfield Labour Party, Barnet UNISON Branch Secretary and most recently proud to belong to Enfield Momentum who have already started the grassroots work necessary to ensure a Labour Government is elected to implement and end Austerity. Enfield Momentum have already started running stalls across our borough, handing out flyers, starting up conversations residents, countering the smears being produced across the national media. 

We need more flyers and in my view each Momentum group needs to be linking up with their local campaigns fighting Austerity.

There are some really useful online material that groups can use in their workplaces and communities here:

10 Pledges to rebuild and transform Britain

1. Act to End Prejudice and Injustice
2. Peace and Justice Abroad
3. Cut Income and Wealth Inequality
4. Democracy in Our Economy
5. Action to Secure Our Environment
6. A Free National Education Service
7. Secure Our NHS and Social Care
8. Security at Work
9. Secure Homes For All
10. An Economy That Works For All

1. An Economy That Works For All
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure, manufacturing and new industries backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy that ends austerity and leaves no one and nowhere left behind. We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.

2. Secure Homes For All
We will build a million new homes in five years, with at least half a million council homes, through our public investment strategy. We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.

3. Security at Work
We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts and create new sectoral collective bargaining rights, including mandatory collective bargaining for companies with 250 or more employees. We will create new employment and trade union rights to bring security to the workplace and win better pay and conditions for everyone. We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise so that working people have a real voice at work. And we will put the defence of social and employment rights, as well as action against undercutting of pay and conditions through the exploitation of migrant labour, at the centre of the Brexit negotiations agenda for a new relationship with Europe.

4. Secure Our NHS and Social Care
We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensure parity for mental health services.

5. A Free National Education Service
We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market. We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.

6. Action to Secure Our Environment
We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environment policies, and take our fair share of action to meet the Paris climate agreement - starting by getting on track with our Climate Change Act goals. We will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, and drive the expansion of the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy. We will deliver clean energy and curb energy bill rises for households - energy for the 60 million, not the big 6 energy companies. We will defend and extend the environmental protections gained from the EU.

7. Democracy in Our Economy
We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities, and increase local and regional democracy. We will rebuild our economy with public investment to deliver wealth for all, across our regions and nations in a genuinely mixed economy.  We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services, increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country and expand our publicly-controlled bus network. We will bring our railways into public ownership and build democratic social control over our energy.

8. Cut Income and Wealth Inequality
We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earners are fairly taxed, act against executive pay excess and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid - FTSE 100 CEOs are now paid 183 times the wage of the average UK worker, and Britain’s wages are the most unequal in Europe. We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap.

9. Act to End Prejudice and Injustice
We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice. We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people. We will defend the Human Rights Act and we will guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations.

10. Peace and Justice Abroad
We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis. British foreign policy has long failed to be either truly independent or internationally co-operative, making the country less safe and reducing our diplomatic and moral authority. We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.

Is Owen Smith more important than Council Services & Barnet UNISON members providing them?

The above question was provoked when I spotted a letter signed by 1,000 councillors on social media this morning.

For me the local issue was to see that 9 Barnet Labour councillors have signed this letter.
For those that know me, I am always willing to learn and improve our communications as a branch that has had to endure eight years of mass outsourcing.

I decided to have a look to see how our Barnet UNISON branch petitions have been supported by Barnet Labour Party councillors.

In Barnet the political make up of Barnet Council is as follows:

31 Tories
30 Labour
1 Lib-Dem

I have had a look at three Barnet UNISON petitions, which I hope you can only please sign.
See what I found.


1,039 signatures
6 out of 30 Labour councillors signed this petition.


529 signatures
1 out of 30 Labour Councillors have signed this petition.


264 signatures
None of the 30 Labour councillors have signed this petition.

So after eight years of relentless campaigning, Owen Smith has managed to motivate more Barnet Labour Councillors to sign a letter of support than Barnet UNISON.

My view is that Owen Smith is not the real challenger and if they are honest with themselves most of his supporters know that.

Yesterday I read this article by Paul Mason

Paul makes some excellent points and I recommend you read it.

Here are at least five questions which Owen Smith is never asked and won't be because the establishment are backing him.

1. What if people vote for Brexit again? 
2. Who will be in your Shadow Cabinet?
3. What does Owen think of the Blairite project?
4. What is Owens relationship to Progress?
5. What is your view on Saving Labour and Labour Tomorrow?

p.s. No I am not surprised by Sadiq coming out in support for Owen Smith, I expected it as did many, it just reinforces the negative view of careerists putting themselves first. I know what I am going to do, I am going to campaign around the 10 Pledges we have a big job ahead and I'm looking forward to it.

p.p.s. My answer is a BIG NO, Owen Smith is not more important, we have a work to do to change the lives of our communities for the better