I will be 70 in December, but still able to shin up and down scaffolding when painting large murals ! I was born in the North of England to a French mother and an English father.

My dad was the working for the foreign office, and was posted to Ghana. I lived with my French Grandparents in Manchester until I was 7, when I could join my parents in Africa.

At that stage I had no idea of politics. That changed at 10 years old, when I went from living in a house in the bush with no electricity or flushing toilet (Albeit with a staff of several Ghanaians) to an English public boarding school in Oxford. I hated it and they hated me. While I was there the school held a mock election, and I could very clearly understand the differences between the parties. I decided there and then that I was a socialist – compounded when the head thanked the participants, especially the girl who had been the Labour party spokesperson, by saying that she had not really been a supporter “Well of course you wouldn’t, would you dear “.

In short, during my life I have lived in a house with several members of staff, been to public school, been a single mum of two living in a council house on social security. I have lived, worked and socialised with people of all races and religions, some very rich, some very poor. I am still the same person – I have just had a very varied life, but my belief in the ethics of socialism have never wavered.

At last we have a man of honesty and integrity, who is not just good for socialism, but good for politics as a whole. It is shameful that the PLP are trying to oust a democratically elected leader, seemingly on the grounds that it looks like he could win. His calm, measured approach sets an example to us all.

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