I work in a tight-knit team of supportive colleagues. And I was glad of that warmth when I shared with them my feelings of guilt, my upset, my conscience-wresting this week. Mid-evening outside the bus station in Newcastle, a regular begging patch, I passed a man, a person who looked to be living on the … Continue reading On Housing and Homes
Vote Anya for Hexham Trade Unionist, Socialist, Feminist I am proud to be shortlisted as Labour Candidate MP for Hexham. I hope you will support me to be your MP. If elected, I will work to improve the life chances and conditions of everyone, including those in marginalised groups, isolated or lonely within the constituency. … Continue reading Hexham PLP Candidate Statement
Trade Unions Are Vital Trade unions are the weights and measures of the conditions of employment and are absolutely essential now in these most difficult times. More and more deregulation has resulted in workers’ rights being undermined and the pernicious Trade Union Act 2016 has made it harder and harder for unions to organise and … Continue reading Trade Unions Are Vital
Why Hexham Constituency? I am named after the historical novelist Anya Seton who spent some time living in Northumberland. Two of her books were set here - Katherine about the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Northumberland and Devil Water about the Jacobin Uprising, set between Hexham and Newcastle. It’s a tenuous link … Continue reading Why Hexham?
Quite simply - I was asked. That I was considered by some to be their choice of representative of the people of Hexham, to advocate, challenge and defend, to be their voice in parliament - well that’s a personal win and ‘humbled’ and ‘proud’ don’t cover it. Everything I do in my professional and community … Continue reading Why stand to be Parliamentary Labour Party Candidate for Hexham Constituency?
https://www.facebook.com/122098561182392/posts/2175249769200584?sfns=mo Good evening. My name is Anya – I am a mentor at Newcastle College, I am branch secretary of University and College Union at Newcastle College and I sit on its National Executive. I’m here this evening speaking for Peace & Unity. Thank you for this warm welcome here tonight. The last time … Continue reading Speaking on behalf of Peace & Unity at Newcastle Council of Faiths February 2019
My name is Anya Cook, Newcastle North Constituency, University & College Union National Executive and mentor at Newcastle College where I facilitate drop-in sessions with ESOL students. I support this motion. I have worked with women of asylum status or with right to remain who have been trafficked for economic purpose, raped, are trying to … Continue reading Speech to support Motion: Rights of Migrant Women (not called to speak) Labour Women’s Conference 24 February 2019