Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ilford North – Labour

Introducing Sonia Klein, the Labour Party candidate for Ilford North.

Sonia Klein has been a grassroots, community activist since the age of 15 when she was active with a local women’s group in East London. Sonia joined the Labour Party in 1987 and was inspired in response to Mrs Thatcher’s policies of privatisation, deregulation and inequality.However, Sonia is does not support all Labour policy has been very vocal against the Iraq War and Trident. Still, she believes passionately in Labour core principals of social justice and equality, and hopes to influence policy development from within. Her background includes 23 years of professional experience, and is currently a Senior Consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Sonia has an MBA from George Washington University and is completing her PhD thesis in Innovation Theory.

Her campaign focuses on local economic development, inward investment and support of small businesses. Sonia has a long history of supporting entrepreneurial activities especially among women’s groups and young citizens. Sonia has a strong International trade background and hopes to stimulate Ilford North into becoming a sustainable, economic engine in 21st century global industries including low carbon markets.

Sonia’s says ‘know your candidate and elect someone who will aggressively fight to make Ilford North the best place it can be’.

Sonia Klein

Note: All the candidates for Ilford North have been offered 250 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received.

20 comments:

  1. Would Ms Klein please explain how an almost exclusively residential London suburb will be transformed by her into 'a sustainable, economic engine in global industries including low carbon markets'?

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  2. judith said...

    Would Ms Klein please explain how an almost exclusively residential London suburb will be transformed by her into 'a sustainable, economic engine in global industries including low carbon markets'?

    Well, as an (Ilford) 'Southerner', it does occur to me that there is a substantial 'chunk' of Ilford North that is not "almost exclusively residential ".

    It lies to the north of the A12, south of Hainault and east of the Central line. (With the exception of the residential area in the bottom left-hand corner between the Station and Aldborough Road North.)

    I'm sure Ms Klein will be able to confirm my observations if you ask her nicely - perhaps, if you're quick enough, you might get an answer before May 6th!

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  3. I refer you to my post "Fairlop Wind" published in December 2006

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  4. Ilford North could really do with a grass roots person. Someone who came into politics as a community activist. And change things on the ground.Well Done Sonia you get my vote

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  5. What I like about this blog is that if you kind of thought of something to say but did not know exactly how to express yourself for fear of offending (Sonia Klein, on that occasion), somebody will express your thoughts for you.
    Kevin Hughes in Hainault was built on a thriving allotment and the allotmenteers were relocated in Forest Farm which had been designed as a 'state of the arts' allotment: every plot had a little hut, a tool box and its own water supply. Heaven for allotmenteers? Well, yes until the vandals invaded and destroyed everything.
    I know there is a thriving project there now, but I was shocked to hear at the last Area 3 meeting that allotment people had neglected the site. I can bear a grudge for ever and I miss Gareth!
    annesevant

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  6. I can bear grudges even longer than that Anne! - and will certainly do so against anybody who achieved nothing and did not even evidently try.

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  7. Interesting concept: longer than ever!
    And I admit defeat gracefully!
    I wonder if Judith will jump in the fray. She is quite good at being fierce!
    annesevant

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  8. Funny how these overpaid employees of large consultancies are turning up as Labour candidates-nothing to do with the fact that this government has been pouring billions into these firms for work which the Civil Service is employed to do and to dream up ridiculous schemes such as the Private Finance Initiative which will cost us dear for the next 50 years

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  9. Anne, as a trustee of Forest Farm Peace Garden I can say that you are not alone in missing Gareth. He is simply an amazing man. However the Charity is still going strong and we have a May Day event on 2nd May and an open day on May 16th (complete with veg starter plant sale, workshops and tours of the garden).

    Mark Santos

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  10. This candidate has implied that Lee Scott is anti-muslim. This is not the case as I can testify. I recently suffered from Ovarian Cancer and all I can say is that Lee Scott is a real champion for Ovarian Cancer helping to raise awareness in the House of Commons. I am a muslim lady and would like to speak up on Lee's behalf - he helps people irrespective of religion, race or colour - I do not like what I am reading when this labour person says he is anti muslim. it is simply not true.

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  11. I would be very surprised if Mrs Klein has done this. I am not aware of any literature or statements to that effect and I have been present at most of the hustings.

    There are, apparently, leaflets being distributed accusing Mr Scott of being anti-Muslim but these have been denounced by leading members of the local Muslim community and it is not known who is behind them.

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  12. Seems this is the local blog they are talking about. Pretty awful reading. I never realised lee scott had such extreme views on the middle east.
    Its almost as if he is an mp for israel north and not ilford north

    http://ilfordnorthelections.wordpress.com

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  13. Could I suggest, B21, that until the election is over posts that are completely anonymous (like the one at 03.38 on 1 May) should not be published? If people want to point fingers they should have the guts to identify themselves.

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  14. Morris,
    I take your point, but the comment to which you refer was given due consideration. The link was checked for content and the possibility that our Anon is the Pen of that site, and looking for wider exposure, was also taken into account.
    Nevertheless, the comment itself puts the previous Anonymous comment into context, whereby it explains where the allegations came from; themselves anonymous as highlighted in my reply.

    Our Anon is entitled to his/her views on whether Lee’s views on the Middle East are “extreme” or not, but the reader IS entitled to disagree if they wish or question those views. And Lee is perfectly capable of defending his position.

    That’s debate, and that is what elections are all about. I am not about to go down the ridiculous route of Purdah as exercised by some other local sites. Capiche?

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  15. If the latest Anon commenter has only just become aware of Lee Scott's opinions on Israel, s/he isn't very politically aware.

    Mr Scott has never made a secret of his work, before becoming an MP, for Jewish charities affiliated to Israel, nor of his political views on the Middle East, nor of his membership of Conservative Friends of Israel.

    Argue with his political beliefs? I have no problem with that.

    But the many hundreds of constituents he has assisted in the past 5 years, his dedicated participation on local matters, his regular attendance at Westminster, his work on Select Committees and his refusal to wallow in Parliamentary Allowances and expenses demonstrate fully his commitment, as pledged in 2005, to Ilford North, and render Anon's comment both spiteful and stupid.

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  16. Welcome, S MacDonald, as a newcomer. I think your comments are 100% accurate. It is very easy to be spiteful behind the safe cloak of anonymity.

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  17. Just sharing a press release the FSB has just put out today. http://www.fsb.org.uk/News.aspx?loc=101&rec=6244

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  18. Dear Morris,
    Publishing in your name is commendable but I would say that having the luxury of being retired helps a lot because you would have to be pretty hot-headed to compromise your prospect of employment because of your views.
    However, even when retired, some beggars can get you using political correctness in their favour. I hope there is Divine Justice! (My fingers are firmly crossed!)
    annesevant

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  19. Anon @ 02 May, 2010 18:25

    It's just a shame that Mrs Klein is so out of synch with her own Party on so many issues!

    Scroll in to 68:17 on this video to hear an exasperated Green.

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