I was delighted when Jessica Asato agreed to speak at my fringe meeting. Jessica is one of the few Labour women experts in social media, and I very much hope she will inspire more women to make use of the many and varied political online opportunities.
As most of you know, Jessica Asato is Acting Director of Progress and an Islington councillor representing St George’s Ward. She will speak at the fringe meeting in her capacity as social media organiser for the David Miliband campaign.
Prior to working at Progress, Jessica was a researcher at the Social Market Foundation think tank for three years, and spent a year working as a freelance researcher publishing reports on the issues of demographic change and paying for long-term care.
Jessica is, in addition, a former Chair of the Young Fabians, and has been an Executive Member of the Fabian Society since 2004. She is also a former Vice-Chair of Young Labour.
She is at present a governor of Tufnell Park School and acting Joint-Chair of the sexual health charity Brook. In 2008 Jessica set up the Gareth Butler History Trust to raise money to pay for disadvantaged students to go on school history trips.
My fringe meeting is on Monday 27 September at 6.00pm in Manchester Central, Charter 1. The other speakers are top Labour blogger Tom Harris MP, Alex Smith, editor of LabourList and Councillor John Gray from the London Borough of Newham.