London’s Turkish Cypriots hosted an event to be proud of yesterday afternoon. Held in the “Cyprus Kitchen” in Green Lanes, two of Labour’s Euro candidates, Nilgun Canver and Emma Jones plus myself addressed a meeting of Turkish Cypriots on Europe and specifically Laabour in Europe. We were joined by MPs Joan Ryan from Enfield and Andy Love, Tottenham.
The debate, chaired by Turkish Cypriot community stalwart Hassan Raif, was lively and interesting. As you would expect, the Cyprus problem featured heavily as did Turkey’s possible accession to the European Union. I am confident of a high level of support for Labour from Turkish Cypriots.
Following the meeting, we were invited to a meal at the “Cyprus Kitchen”. My thanks to all those involved in this for their hospitality and special thanks to Hassan Raif for organising the event.
Dagenham on Saturday saw many of us on the knocker. I spent some time out and about meeting those who had decided to spend the bank holiday weekend at home.
Both the local MP Jon Cruddas and GLA Member John Biggs turned out along with Euro candidates Anne Fairweather, Emma Jones and Nilgun Canver.
I was especially pleased to see John Biggs whom I have known for over 20 years. Many thanks to him, John Cruddas and Dagenham Labour Party
The mediation workshop
- Violet Maddison (aged 91!) and Marina Cantacuzino founder of the Forgiveness Project
Unsung Women, Haringey Women’s Forum International Women’s Day event was even better than similar days in previous years. Held in CONEL, the College of North East London, over 500 people, nearly all women, came to see the stalls, take part in workshops and generally have a good time.
I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me to speak at the presentation of the Unsung Women awards. I spoke to them about women in public life and how more of us need to come forward. Two of the women sharing the platform provided excellent role models, Councillor Nilgun Canver, member of Haringey’s Cabinet and on the Labour list for the European elections and Clare Kober, Leader of Haringey Council. Nilgun chaired the awards presentation and Clare gave an inspiring talk about how she came to fight for women’s rights.
It was good to see Cllr. Sheila Peacock a stalwart of the Labour Party, and a veteran Councillor who has been Mayor.
In addition to the sheer numbers, what really struck me about the day was the diversity of the women there. Young and old, black and white, and everything in between shared food and fun. It was a great example of London at its best and showed just how much women can do. Just to end by thanking Janine Coke, Eve and all the hard working organisers for the lovely flowers. I don’t often get gifts for speaking and it was a really nice gesture.
Michele Stokes & Hulya Degirmencioglu (Organisers), Nilgun Canver (Euro Candidate), Gwenda Owens, Cllr. Kaushika Amin, Gertrude Walker, Cllr. Sheila Peacock