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. 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
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 a Mentor. In the decade I have been a UCU trade union rep at Newcastle College we haven’t had a women’s officer on the branch. In September we … Continue reading Period Poverty Campaign
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
Period Poverty Blythe Valley CLP Meeting Seaton Deleval Wednesday 9 January 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. I work in education. … Continue reading Bringing CLPs and Unions Together
(Dedicated to Mr Charisse who died earlier this week – a teacher who looked me straight in the eyes and spoke to me in kindness. I remember his love of Asterix, Franglaise, Dire Straits ‘Money For Nothing’ and, of course, that moustache). People have tried to stop me speaking here, to you today. Some people … Continue reading Stand Up For Humanity, Stand Up For Rohingya (North East Solidarity with Rohingya Public Rally Saturday 15 December 2018)