MP’s column: Gloria De Piero I want to hear from from you on key issues

MP Gloria De Piero visits young people at the Sutton Community Academy to discuss social issues and problems they have encountered in their lives.
MP Gloria De Piero visits young people at the Sutton Community Academy to discuss social issues and problems they have encountered in their lives.

It’s a real honour to have been asked to serve as the spokesperson for women & equalities in the shadow cabinet.

It’s a fantastic role and over the last three years I’ve met plenty of strong minded women in Ashfield who haven’t been afraid in coming forward to tell me exactly what they’d like to see ministers doing or not doing as the case may be.

I want to hear a lot more from you in the coming months so keep the ideas flowing.

If there’s something you think I need to be shouting about, let me know because I want to take the views and concerns of women right to the heart of politics in my new role.

My first loyalty is and will always be to the people of Ashfield.

More often than not, it’s the casework issues that make my job so rewarding and worthwhile.

A Sutton gentleman in his seventies was at his wits end after nearly ten years of Income Tax reminders advising him he had underpaid even though he was always on PAYE.

Despite countless letters and phone calls to the Inland Revenue the letters still kept and only added to his worry.

It took one letter from me to tax officials and he’s now received a full apology as well as a nice compensation cheque.

Another win I’m very proud of.

In order to do the job as best as I possibly can I employ a couple of people in my office who support me in my work. Unfortunately my amazing office manager Melanie Darrington is leaving in a few weeks time and that means I’m looking for a new manager.

If you care about your community, have an interest in current affairs and strong background in management as well as a head for finances then I’d love to hear from you.

REMINDER - On Thursday 17th October from 10am-2pm Portland College is holding a free networking event for businesses and organisations to find out more about the opportunities available when employing a person with a disability. Throughout the day there will be taster workshops, the opportunity to hear from other employers and students and a chance to share your own experience and knowledge too and even some vacancies too!

If you think that you can make a difference and work with the college to break down the barriers for disabled people then email marketing@portland.ac.uk.

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