I am Mandy Clare, a solidly reliable Corbynista Labour Party member; a lifelong socialist who joined the party the same day Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader in Sept 2015. I have campaigned actively on the Left since that time.
I am standing for election to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Preseli Pembrokeshire, to represent working class interests, contribute to the formation of the united Parliamentary Labour Party that a Corbyn-led government will require and to unseat Stephen Crabb :-)
Standing for election costs money and relies heavily on having the right "connections". Candidates that do not have access to these are always heavily disadvantaged in any contest, so we end up with a significant over-representation of people from more privileged/well-connected backgrounds within politics.
I am on a very low income and getting candidate information in front of voters costs money; even travel and subsistence costs can make it impossible for people on low incomes to put themselves forward, so I am asking for donations to support my campaign.
I want to challenge this stacked and unfair culture and ensure that members have a genuine choice in who will represent them in parliament. I trust that the electorate, with fairer access to information about candidates, will choose the candidate that will best serve their interests and needs.
Please consider donating to my campaign. If this works, it will also provide us with a means of raising funds for other genuine Corbynista PPCs going forward - regardless of whether they are well-connected and particularly those from working class backgrounds. Thanks!