Fozia Akhtar has written to me as follows:
On 22 January 2020 at 20:59 fozia akhtar <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am looking for support from your CLP for nominations to stand for BAME NEC seat .
I’m the only candidate from my region in wales standing .
I’m contacting CLP’S throughout the uk , I feel it is important members can see who they are voting for
I have enclosed a personal statement for your members .
The nomination has to be sent to labour party direct before or by the 14th Febuary for me to stand.Would your CLP be kind enough to hold a special meeting before the 14th to nominate me . WelshLabour has said my nominations can be made same time as the Leadership. I’d be very grateful for your support .I look forward to hearing from youKind regardsCllr Fozia Akhtar L0104359.
Fozia wrote again on February 15th:
Would you be kind enough to forward my personal statement below to your CLP members on my behalf as I am looking for support to be the BAME representative on the NEC?
I would be very grateful.
Cllr Fozia Akhtar
I’m writing to you to introduce myself and ask for your support in my bid to be the BAME representative on the NEC.
If elected I pledge that I will work to support existing members, whilst bringing new people from all backgrounds into the Labour movement. I will be a fresh voice and advocate for the silent majority in the community and country alike. I will fight passionately for the BAME community.
In 2019 The General Secretary has set out three key objectives:
TO ORGANISE I will create opportunities, encourage and promote Labour values at local and national level.
TO GROW I will work to support existing members, whilst bringing new people from all backgrounds into the Labour movement.
TO WIN I have campaigned tirelessly for the party for over 20 years and will continue to support candidates at all levels.
I am a strong woman, with strong principles and a sense of values. As a member of UNISON and the Co-operative Party my passion and drive is representing and working closely with groups that are at the forefront of promoting equality, including Race Council Cymru, Llanelli Multicultural Network and Women’s Community Network.
In 2012, I was elected to Llanelli Rural Council and in 2017 to Carmarthenshire County Council where I’m the only Labour County Councillor from the BAME community.
We live in challenging times. Despite the Equalities Act 2010 we still see discrimination and prejudice and disturbing trends in Hate Crime and Hate incidents, and we still have a long way to go in creating a fair and just society and a level playing field for those who belong to marginalised and minority groups in our communities.
I believe that more needs to be done to improve diversities within the labour party. I have actively fought to represent the BAME communities.
On 12th February 2020 I motioned Carmarthenshire County Council to recruit a workforce that reflects the BAME community.
That Carmarthenshire County Council commits to working with community groups to understand the barriers that exist for individual BAME communities.
And that Carmarthenshire County Council engages with representatives from underrepresented groups and work together with them, to make Carmarthenshire a shining beacon and a leader in creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce and embrace all the benefits that this will bring.
I called upon the executive board to create an advisory panel to consider what actions can be taken to increase diversity in the workforce.
I am proud to say that this was unanimously passed by every councillor present. We now have new policies in place for the BAME Communities.
I’m shadow cabinet member and Chair of the Communities Scrutiny committee a role in which I have had the opportunity to bring about real change in Carmarthenshire, promoting and driving policies to improve diversity and equality. I understand the importance of strategic planning and policy implementation as well as working collectively with partners.
I am an elected member on Labour Welsh BAME Committee.
In 2019, I graduated from The Bernie Grant Leadership programme set up to address the underrepresentation of BAME members .The programme strengthened my resolve and gave me the tools to fight for the principles for which the Labour Party stands particularly as champions of Equality in society.
I hope I can count on your support to help me to bring real change within the Labour Party.
Fozia Akhtar email@example.com
Cllr. Fozia Akhtar 4 Llwynhendy Road
L.M. L0104359 Llwynhendy, Llanelli