With two days to go before the hustings to choose our CLP's parliamentary candidate, I wanted to write some words about what standing for selection for parliament means to me.
As a campaigner and as a parent carer I decided to put my name forward because it's a natural extension to me of all the campaigning I've been doing locally and nationally for years.
At a time when women's voices aren't being ignored any more and at a time when I'm supposed to accept invisibility as a natural stage of life and at a time when the Tories are driving our communities, counties and country into the ground, I couldn't choose inaction over action. When the all women application process opened, I knew I had to try.
So I have.
My followers on Twitter and my lovely friends and family know I'm a Labour party supporter and activist through and through and their support has meant the world to me.
I want to fight for my home town just as I've fought for my family all these years. The last eight years of the cruelest Tory austerity have made the lives of those I love even harder.
I made a campaign film which details the work I've done and the reasons why here
So I stood up and on Saturday at the CLP hustings, I'll literally be counted.
Whoever is chosen here in Shrewsbury and Atcham, I'll be campaigning for them like always.
I have two endorsements I want to share with you. I love these two women so much. They are both passionate champions of social justice and the finest of Labour Women.
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Home Secretary, is endorsing me. Diane said:
“I have known Nicky for years. She is an amazing campaigner. She has an enormous amount to give. Her warmth, human empathy and energy would make her an excellent constituency MP.
And she is a strong supporter of the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn”
Jess Phillips MP for Birmingham Yardley and Chair of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party, is endorsing me. Jess said:
“Nicky never stops fighting injustice, it’s how I got to know of her. At a time when the country and our most marginalized, need people to stick up for them with fire in their bellies; I can’t think of anyone I’d want on my side advocating for me, or my hometown, more than Nicky”