We are delighted to announce that Fiona Dent has been selected to stand for election to Parliament for the constituency of Runnymede & Weybridge. Fiona lives in Egham and has been very active in local campaigning to improve flood defences both locally and nationally following the flooding of her Egham home in 2014.
In 2015 Fiona stood for Parliament in Windsor and was the first ever Labour candidate to come second in that constituency. Currently Fiona is also the candidate for Egham in the Surrey County Council elections.
“Under the smokescreen of Brexit, Philip Hammond has delivered the highest taxes for 30 years (according to the IFS) and that huge burden falls on the shoulders of the middle classes and lower earners. I will be asking people to vote for a fairer society where multinationals pay tax on all their UK profits to fund the public services we need.” states Fiona.
Fiona’s work background includes nursing, social work, Probation, Charity Management, Community Regeneration and most recently the Commissioning of Health and Social Care. She worked full time from the age of 16 and studied for a Law Degree (LLB Hons) and a post graduate Diploma in Socio-Legal Studies at night school while continuing to work full time. She brought her son up as a single parent and is also an award winning Fine Artist.
In addition to her professional skills and knowledge, Fiona is fluent in French and speaks a little Arabic, she lived in Paris for 2 years and 6 months on an Egyptian Oasis.
Fiona is not a ‘career’ politician. For at least 20 years her seniority in public service meant that she was excluded from holding political office but that has not stopped her being a backroom campaigner since her youth. She has spent several years raising public concern about the privatisation of the NHS and to make people aware of the damaging repercussions; this has included a flood of letters to the press, her blogs, speaking at public meetings and her 300 mile walk in the Jarrow to London ‘Peoples’ March for the NHS’ which gathered national media attention, summer 2014.
She has also been an active supporter of the “Hillsborough Bill” which Andy Burnham presented in Parliament last month. The bill, which has cross party support, will help families find out the truth about the circumstances of their loved ones deaths and injuries; it will help Hillsborough families, victims of tainted blood and also Zane Gbangbola’s parents (www.truthaboutzane.com).
Fiona is also a lifelong campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation of which she had close personal experience of in her 20s, is a member of the Save Heatherwood Campaign Group and recently completed 2 years as a hospital governor for Frimley Health Foundation Trust. For 2 years she has been an elected member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum representing the South East and sits on the Economy, Business and Trade Commission.