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November 13th, 2019.

Lewes Constituency Labour Party release:

Lewes Constituency Labour Party today launches a new face on the local political scene. Kate Chappell, 39, Lewes Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in the general election, is a passionate warrior in the causes of both the under-privileged and the environment.

Kate grew up in the Lewes area, and has recently moved back to Lewes after living in Glasgow, Wiltshire and then in Manchester, where she was a city councillor for seven years. For the last 3 years, she was an executive councillor, holding the Environment portfolio which encompassed climate change, planning policy, licensing policy and highways.

Her achievements championing both residents and community groups, plus the environment include:

— Leading an ambitious city-wide Climate Change Action Plan to significantly reduce carbon emissions

— Introducing segregated cycle lanes on several key arterial routes

— Pioneering an innovative “Nature into City” strategy

— Securing investment of £110m into Manchester city’s highway network in response to local consultations

— Leading the introduction of participative budgeting, so local people could have a say in decisions about funding for their area

— Securing a £215,000 Big Lottery grant to help transform life for older people in her community, by reducing isolation, empowering older people to lobby for improved facilities, plus a wide variety of health-enhancing and enjoyable events, talks and activities

— Founding three successful social enterprise companies helping the under-privileged and creating 18 new jobs.

“Part of my job as a councillor was to advocate for individual residents who came to my advice surgeries, making tangible improvements for them and their families. For example, one resident had had her door kicked in and couldn’t afford to replace it. She lived with an enormous hole through her back door during the winter months, until I persuaded the local housing association to replace it,” says Kate

Before becoming a councillor, Kate was secretary of her local Labour Party branch, and worked as Centre Director at a community hub, which she helped develop into a flourishing enterprise, providing a café, events space, shared workspace, and community areas.

“Labour has our strongest ever manifesto and message this time round. Our Brexit policy is the only sensible way through the Brexit mess the Tories have left us in. From affordable homes and ending homelessness to increasing funding for the NHS, a Labour Government would create a green economy - improving all our lives whilst taking the pressure off the planet,” says Kate.

Kate Chappell is married with three children. She describes herself as “the Jack of all eco and politico trades.” She adds: “the best way to predict the future is to make it.”