Daniel Morgan-Thomas (Wanstead Village, Labour)

Daniel Morgan-ThomasDaniel Morgan-Thomas

Daniel Morgan-Thomas is a Labour Party candidate for the new Wanstead Village ward in the upcoming Redbridge Council elections. Here's why he thinks he deserves your vote on 3 May.

I've lived in Snaresbrook since 2001 and been based in north-east London for most of my life. My late mother ran her own business in Wanstead and South Woodford and I went to primary school here too, so I've grown up feeling part of the community in Wanstead.

I have been a member of the Labour Party locally since 2009 and been happy to get to know many neighbours and local residents through my activism, as well as taking part in several local campaigns, including defending Whipps Cross from cuts, protesting against the closure of Wanstead Police Station and, most recently, standing up for users of the W12 bus service alongside my fellow candidates, Jo and Paul. Campaigning is incredibly important to me as it provides an opportunity to engage with other local residents and also to constructively work with others to resolve the issues facing our community. For example, our W12 petition has gathered over 3,000 signatures and we are now working with the council to lobby TfL into changing the timetable back to its previous frequency.

The new Wanstead Village ward is my home as well as my constituency, so I genuinely want to be part of a council administration that can listen to concerns from our area and work to improve the borough, despite the burden of Tory austerity on the council budget.

As a former carer, I'm especially aware of those in our community who rely on both voluntary and local authority-funded care, whether they are elderly or younger adults or disabled children. We are very lucky to have a wonderful resource like the Allan Burgess Centre on Wanstead High Street for our older people as well as a borough-wide support group for carers in Redbridge; nevertheless I hope to be able to stand up for the needs of the elderly and disabled as a councillor, both in making the case for increased funding demands at a local and national level and in promoting accessibility across our local area.

As a young – 24-year-old – resident of the area, I hope this election will see young people take an interest in local politics. I know there are plenty of young people in Wanstead who already care about their neighbours and community and I've been encouraged by the interest I've had from the young people I've spoken to on the doorstep – it would be great to take that further as a young councillor.

Wanstead is a very special part of Redbridge, but being on the periphery of the borough has sometimes made it seem remote from the wider concerns of Redbridge Council, particularly under previous administrations. I'm determined to put us back on the map if elected, supporting local businesses and community groups and keeping our area thriving, benefiting from Labour's strategic vision for the borough as a whole.

Redbridge Council elections will take place on 3 May. Visit wavidi.co/vote2018