A Woman’s Work . . .

To mark International Women’s Day and to celebrate local and international women artists, I worked with Ruth Jones to put on an exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery during February and March 2016.  Ruth is an extremely talented Southend-based artist who has a great deal of experience of curating exhibitions; she did hard the work […]

There’s Power in the Union?

Earlier in the week, I attended the Trade Union Congress Women’s Conference as part of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ delegation. I seconded a motion from the National Union of Teachers that outlined the need for greater support for women teachers since they disproportionately find themselves with caring responsibilities for children, partners and older […]

Domestic Abuse Schools Prevention Project

On Thursday 25th February 2016, I asked a question of Cllr James Moyies (Executive Councillor for Health and Adult Social Care) at the full Council Meeting at the Civic Centre.  I was concerned about cuts made to the public health budget leading to domestic abuse schools prevention programmes not being recommissioned.  Domestic abuse is an […]

“We’ve all got a duty to defeat domestic violence”

On 22nd January 2016, The Echo published a story about the police’s response to instances of domestic violence and domestic abuse in Southend.  Here’s the letter I wrote regarding the use of the phrase “uncooperative victim” in the article which was published on Tuesday 26th January 2016. I commend Chief Insp. Simon Anslow for taking […]

c2c Public Meeting

Originally posted on 9th February 2016 at https://matthewsdent.wordpress.com On Saturday 6th February I attended the c2c Public Meeting at the Thameside Theatre in Grays. I arrived knowing that services are overcrowded and the changes to stopping patterns have not been well received by the majority of passengers travelling to and from Southend. I left knowing […]