Speech to support Motion: Violence Against Women (not called to speak) Labour Women’s Conference 23 February 2019

My name is Anya Cook, Newcastle North Constituency, University & College Union National Executive and mentor at Newcastle College. I support this motion. I would add that those of us trade unionists here can work to take the principles of this motion forward in our own workplaces. Women in the workplace, when they disclose they … Continue reading Speech to support Motion: Violence Against Women (not called to speak) Labour Women’s Conference 23 February 2019

Why I Am Supporting Jamie Driscoll for North of Tyne Mayor

Why I Am Supporting JD4Mayor I am not going to get into the whys and wherefores of whether the North of Tyne should be devolving - we are where we are. I am not going to get into the whys and wherefores of whether the nominations process for the mayoral election should have been allowed … Continue reading Why I Am Supporting Jamie Driscoll for North of Tyne Mayor

Bringing CLPs and Unions Together

Period Poverty Blythe Valley CLP Meeting Seaton Deleval Wednesday 9 January You can view here: https://www.facebook.com/ucu.nclcoll.branch/videos/142298476646151/   When Janine invited me to speak this evening she wanted me to talk about our Period Poverty Campaign but within the wider context of trade unions and the Labour Party working together.   There’s a word for that. … Continue reading Bringing CLPs and Unions Together

Making It Better

Making It Better Anya Cook sits on University and College Union’s National Executive and Further Education Committee and she is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as Learning Mentor. Language, Locus and the Law is my alliterative triptych to improve opportunities and reduce barriers to Further Education in an Age of Austerity. … Continue reading Making It Better

Rohan Cook on Brexit and Breakdowns – a young person’s perspective

Many times now, the government has spoken of equality, improvement and empowerment for our Northern Region. From Osborne and his ridiculous, embarrassing and belittling Northern Powerhouse to the Maybot and her current stem of plans and ideas, with as much credibility as a football team's tactics that have been drawn up by a medic. Only in … Continue reading Rohan Cook on Brexit and Breakdowns – a young person’s perspective