In this blog post Tasha Osben explains why you haven't heard of her before, and how you can get to know her as your Parliamentary Candidate for Clacton.
"One of my most frequently asked questions is, "why haven't I heard of you before now?". The answer is simple: I am not a career politician. When I have fed homeless people, donated to food banks, campaigned against the closure of our maternity and Minor Injuries services, attended CCG meetings to oppose cuts to our healthcare services, been fundraising for mental health charities (clearly set up long before the Election was ever called) , volunteering with a confidential listening and advice charity etc I've not taken a selfie and posted it on social media to get credit for it.
"I am aware people want to know their candidates though so that is why I am holding an open office hour every single week day for people to have the chance to come and get to know me. I am in the Clacton Labour Party office (52 Meredith Road) Monday - Friday 9am - 10am, all are welcome to come along and ask any questions you may have.
"For a bit of background, I grew up here, went to St Osyth Primary School and 1st St Osyth Scouts, I had my children at Colchester hospital, I studied politics at the University of Essex and I've lived in the area my whole life - now living in Weeley, which is in the Clacton constituency.
"I am standing because I'm sick of seeing our country run into the ground, our NHS destroyed, and hard working people like you and me struggling to make ends meet. I've had enough of suits who talk the talk but are only in it to serve themselves. We need a change. We need more ordinary hard working members of society in politics to represent workers and families; people who actually care. My chances of getting elected with Labour in Clacton might not be great, but I've got to try. I love my country and I can't just sit by and watch the Tories destroy the economy and our public services and force more and more hard working people into poverty."
Come to one of our Drop-In events, every weekday from 9am to 10am at 52 Meredith Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 3AG - RSVP here
We're also running a Street Stall at Christmas Tree Island on 20th May - check it out here
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Tasha is a working class candiate, a local candidate for the people of Clacton.
Vote for Tasha to be MP for Clacton on Thursday, 8th June.
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