Like many Newham residents I have learnt the values of struggling through life. Whether through confronting prejudicial attitudes or discrimination, juggling the needs of caring for a young child and making ends meet or simply by finding out the hard way having grown up in the poor working-class suburbs of Leeds where poverty was a way of life. I truly identify with the hardships that are faced by residents on a daily basis. I understand like me, they look for excellent schools, quality public services and chances to improve their way of life through practical but visionary local government leadership.
Learning the hard way it became my ambition to help young children excel and urge them to take advantage of a good education which prompted me to become a teacher. That sense of public service has never left me. Having been a school teacher and a life coach, I have first-hand experience of mentoring and watching children from all different backgrounds grow and mature into young adults, full of energy and enthusiasm with a desire to succeed. Naturally quality education is an issue that is close to my heart.
My vision is to provide opportunities for every individual to aspire and succeed to where their talents take them.
Newham needs a return of some community and individual empowerment. I want to look at the creation of Parish Councils - a way of bringing decision-making much closer to the people. Neighbourhood Watch schemes and residents associations should be adequately encouraged and supported - the Council should be a partner, not an overseer.
I will ensure that Newham works for the many, not the few.
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Promoted by Tim Roll-Pickering on behalf of Rahima Khan, both at Flat 130 The Lock Building, 72 High Street, London E15 2QG.