Mandy Garford - Your Labour Candidate for Gravesham

"I'm delighted to have been selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for Gravesham!  I am a Labour Parish Councillor, a Qualified teacher, a Mum, an Autism Consultant and Chair of the proposed National Autistic Society Branch for Dartford, Gravesend, Swanley. 

I’m involved in the community helping to organise community events, often to support autism families. I attend business networking and an All Party Parliamentary Group for autism discussing changes and feeding back into government policy. Raising autism awareness is something I am passionate about, however, there are many people with many challenges. I am interested in the concerns of all the community. 

Having previously volunteered in one of the local food banks and winter shelter for homeless rough sleepers, I am very aware of the damaging effects that the cuts are having on some of the most vulnerable in society. As a former teacher I understand how schools are struggling in the current climate and the impact that this is having on the children’s education and on staff morale. As a local councillor and having been Vice-Chair (membership) in Dartford CLP, I know that we all work incredibly hard standing up for people and families against this current conservative administration. I believe that we can show a real alternative to austerity, a poorly funded NHS and crumbling education system and can offer a real alternative for our community. I am ready to make decisions that could create a better future for Gravesham, for everyone."

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