WATCH ON DEMAND: Labour Local Government Conference 2018
SERA – Labour’s Environment Campaign:
Local Labour Leadership and Clean Air – the health crisis of our times
Cllr. Leonie Cooper AM
Leonie has been Labour & Co-operative Party London Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth since May 2016, where she serves as Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee. Since 2006 she has also been a Councillor in the London Borough of Wandsworth, and will be standing again in the May Elections. Before being elected to the GLA she worked in the field of social housing, including as a Sustainability Manager for a large East Midlands-based housing group. Leonie is a member of the SERA National Executive Committee. Twitter: @LeonieC
Founder and CEO of VRM Tech, Neill has over 20 years’ experience in computer hardware and software industries. VRM collects data and provides actionable insights to Local Authorities. Having been awarded an Innovate UK grant Neill and the team hope to build an innovative solution to tackle Air Pollution and improve Air Quality. Prior to VRM Neill was a co-founder of PSI Mobile, a SaaS provider to Energy and Telco companies for mobilising sales contracts. He helped establish and run Oneview, a healthcare technology company that is now listed on the Australian stock market. Twitter: @vrmtech
Sarah is Policy and Public Affairs Manager at the British Lung Foundation where she oversees a programme of work to influence policy on air pollution, tobacco control and respiratory services. She has previously managed the policy team at the homelessness charity Crisis and worked in the parliamentary office of an MP. Sarah also holds an MA in Public Policy. Twitter: @smacfadyen11
Andrea is the Senior Clean Air Campaigner for environmental law organisation ClientEarth, which has taken the UK Government to court for failing to meet legal levels of air pollution. Andrea has worked in sustainability and sustainable transport projects for more than 15 years. At ClientEarth, she campaigns for a national network of Clean Air Zones to urgently reduce emissions from road transport. She also coordinates the Healthy Air Campaign, a national coalition of health, transport and environmental NGOs advocating for more ambitious action at all government levels to tackle air pollution. Twitter: @ClientEarth
Cllr. Sally Longford
Sally is Nottingham born and bred. She describes herself as “the product of the Further Education system” having studied at night school then as a mature student at Nottingham University. She became a Geography Teacher in FE and was active in her local University and College Union branch. She retired from teaching in 2014 to concentrate on her work as a Councillor. She was elected in 2011 and served as Chief Whip before being elected as Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services and Local Transport in 2017. She took on responsibility for Clean Air in the summer of last year, following the sad loss of her colleague Alan Clark. Twitter: @SallyLongford
Socialist Health Association:
What can Labour councillors do about health?
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham
Steve Bullock was elected as the Lewisham’s first directly elected Mayor in May 2002 and he is now in his fourth term of office. Immediately prior to becoming Mayor he was serving as Chair of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust. Steve was first elected as a councillor in 1982 and served as Leader of Lewisham Council from 1988 to 1993. He is currently a Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association and where he chairs the Commercial Advisory Board and also Deputy Leader of the Labour Group. He leads on Housing for London Councils and is Vice-Chair of the Homes for London Board. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Museum of London. Steve was born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, and now lives in Forest Hill with his wife, Kris. In his spare time he enjoys football and folk music. He was knighted in 2007.
Cllr Margaret Eames-Petersen, Hertfordshire
Member of the Health Scrutiny Committee (HSC), Hertfordshire County Council
Cllr Tina Bourne, Colchester
Deputy Headteacher; Labour Cllr & Cabinet Member for Housing & Communities at Colchester Borough Council.
Cllr Paul Brant, Liverpool
Cabinet Member for Adult & Children’s Social Care & Health, Liverpool City Council
Recorded at the Labour Local Government Conference 2018 in Nottingham by the Narrowcast Media Group.