I am one of three Labour councillors for Telegraph Hill ward in the London Borough of Lewisham. I've been a councillor in the ward - where I live - for 8 years and the Mayor of Lewisham has appointed me as Cabinet Member for Housing.
Onto the Labour Party itself. I supported Jeremy Corbyn at both Labour leadership elections, I believe in ending outsourcing and privatisation and I am trade unionist. I am a member of UNITE and GMB.
My background: I’m from a working-class family in Sheffield, living in poverty in my early years and who, growing up as a gay man in the 1980s, faced the discrimination and homophobia of Thatcher’s Britain.
Since joining the Council, I’ve campaigned for our local hospital, championed animal rights, served as chair of planning and been a director for Lewisham Homes, managing 14,000 properties. I’m so proud to live in Lewisham but 8 years of Tory misrule have pushed Council services, and many local people, to the brink. Costs are too high, wages are far too low.
Only a radical, socialist agenda, ending privatisation, fighting discrimination, tackling austerity and eradicating poverty, can really improve the lives of people, all people, in our borough. I'm also a vegan.
Cllr Paul Bell