I dropped into Ivana Bartoletti’s campaign launch rally. She is a candidate in London Labour’s selection process to be a candidate for the European Parliament. I was pointed to her by a Deptford comrade, Joe Dromey, visited her web site and like her story. There were three speeches, thankfully short, and she wrapped up. The other speeches were by Seema Malhotra MP and Jeanette Arnold OBE AM, and her supporters page includes statements of support from Dianne Abbot MP and Mike Gapes MP; oddly, both of whom I have a lot of time for. There were a bunch of people, from as one is beginning to expect at Labour Party events, a variety of backgrounds at the event, mostly young, and from all over London. The Lewisham Parties are planning a joint hustings, so hopefully we’ll get to see more of her. You can follow her on Twitter as @ivanabartoletti and/or #ivana4mep.
The picture above is mine, it’s of the Brussels Chamber of the European Parliament, her photos are more grounded, about campaigning in London.
I had also put my name forward to be one of Labour’s euro-candidates, but was not chosen to go forward to this stage. Oddly, I and Ivana had consecutive interviews at the long listing day, and so had met, although we both had our minds on other things. (I know I did.)