By Canterbury Labour Party / Opinion / / 4 Comments

An introduction to Rosie Duffield

Rosie grew up in central London but has lived and worked in Canterbury for 20 years. She has two sons who were both born at Kent & Canterbury Hospital. She has worked with local charities, churches, parents’ groups, arts events and schools in the area and as a Teaching Assistant in local schools. She is well known here as an active, outgoing, friendly, hardworking campaigner and is a popular member of the community. Rosie is a committed lifelong campaigner for animal rights and has attended peaceful demonstrations with PETA and anti-fox hunt protests.

Rosie has been Chair of Canterbury branch Labour Party for the last four years. She stood in St Stephen’s ward in City Council elections in 2015 and achieved a very high percentage of the votes in a ‘safe’ Tory seat. She represents the Labour Party on local cross-party forums such as Canterbury4Europe, Amnesty’s Canterbury & District Human Rights Network, Kent Anti-Racist Network, Canterbury Clean Air Group and is one of the founder members of Canterbury Action Network.

Rosie has worked and campaigned for the WASPI women, is an ambassador for 50:50 Parliament and is one of the few Labour women recently chosen to be part of the first Jo Cox Women in Leadership Scheme.

As a working single parent, Rosie understands well the impact that drastic cuts have made on Canterbury & Whitstable. She believes that we should help those who fall on hard times, the homeless, disabled, pensioners and hard-working families who are struggling to cope with soaring household costs.

Kent urgently needs well-paid jobs, affordable housing and rent controls. Taxes should fall on those with the broadest shoulders who can bear the greater burden to help those who are self-employed or in insecure jobs.

Rosie will fight to save the Kent & Canterbury Hospital, she wants her children to be able to afford decent homes, find jobs and breathe clean air. She believes it’s time for change in Canterbury & Whitstable – it’s time we had an MP to represent us in Parliament who knows from personal experience exactly what life is like for those who need Tax Credits, Benefits and decent housing.

As your MP, Rosie will fight to ensure that our local economy and jobs are safe following the Brexit vote. Canterbury in particular is dependent on tourists, language schools and students from outside the UK. Whitstable’s independent shops and restaurants also rely on visitors and we need to attract new investment to our constituency.