Why I am standing

I believe my personal, professional, and political experience make me a strong candidate for the NEC, so can be part of the solution to help Keir Starmer and Labour into government.

The impact of austerity in both education and health since 2010 has shaped my life. My late husband’s cancer and Bipolar diagnosis along with my experiences as a teacher have driven my motivation to get Labour elected at every level.

I was proud to be elected to Brent Council in 2014 and became a Cabinet member in 2016. This has enabled me to see how Labour in power can make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. I joined the party because I want to be part of shaping and improving quality of the life and representation for every community, particularly minorities and those most disadvantaged.

I want to improve participation, training and tolerance in our party and will support learning every possible lesson from our past to ensure that we can all go forward together; united in common cause of securing the next Labour Government.

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Why I'm standing

I believe my personal, professional, and political experience make me a strong candidate for the NEC, so can be part of the solution to help Keir Starmer and Labour into government.

The impact of austerity in both education and health since 2010 has shaped my life. My late husband’s cancer and Bipolar diagnosis along with my experiences as a teacher have driven my motivation to get Labour elected at every level.

I was proud to be elected to Brent Council in 2014 and became a Cabinet member in 2016. This has enabled me to see how Labour in power can make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. I joined the party because I want to be part of shaping and improving quality of the life and representation for every community, particularly minorities and those most disadvantaged.

I want to improve participation, training and tolerance in our party and will support learning every possible lesson from our past to ensure that we can all go forward together; united in common cause of securing the next Labour Government.

 

My thoughts
and latest news

 
2 August 2020

What motivates me to get Labour in government again.

2 August 2020

Mental health support within our party structures

11 February 2020

Why Good Governance is crucial

 

My thoughts
and latest news

 
2 August 2020

What motivates me to get Labour in government again.

2 August 2020

Mental health support within our party structures

11 February 2020

Why Good Governance is crucial

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What I'll fight for



What I'll fight for



Representation
and inclusion


I believe that the party’s values have to be demonstrated and not just something we talk about.

Equality of opportunity and inclusivity are areas that we must do better on within all our party structures.

We cannot truly represent and understand the communities we want to serve if we do not reflect those communities.

Representation
and inclusion


I believe that the party’s values have to be demonstrated and not just something we talk about.

Equality of opportunity and inclusivity are areas that we must do better on within all our party structures.

We cannot truly represent and understand the communities we want to serve if we do not reflect those communities.


Unity, culture
and confidence


The party and all its structures need to be a safe andunited space. We should always welcome a broad spectrum of views and ideas. Bullying, harassment and discrimination should never be tolerated.

Neither should we be in denial about the experiences some of our members and councillors have faced. I welcome mandatory unconscious bias training but there also needs to be more.

I will prioritise mandatory training in safeguarding and sexual harassment, work to implement then monitor an independent complaints process and look at ways to resource better mental health support at all levels of the party.



Supporting our CLPs


Covid has changed the way we work and communicate and as such as a party we need to support CLPs to embrace the changes.

There currently is a huge disparity in the resources of different CLPs. If we are truly going to get back into government we need to support CLPs in ALL seats.


Supporting our CLPs


Covid has changed the way we work and communicate and as such as a party we need to support CLPs to embrace the changes.

There currently is a huge disparity in the resources of different CLPs. If we are truly going to get back into government we need to support CLPs in ALL seats.



Transparency
and accountability


My experience on executive committees and governing bodies has given me insight and skills in good governance.

Robust discussion, collective decision making, review and monitoring policy, as well communication with the wider membership is vital.

I will commit to feeding back to CLPs through updates and meeting CLPs.



 

My experience

in society and within our movement.

 

11 years

Teacher of History


2 years

Local Authority School Governor


1 year

Executive member for a Children’s Cultural Charity


9 years

Labour Party membership


2 years

Constituency Labour Party Chair


6 years

Councillor for Fryent Ward in the London Borough of Brent


3 years

Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning


2 years

LGA Labour Peer Member


Endorsements

  • Shama is a kind and compassionate colleague who will support our party and it’s members. I am proud to call her a friend and to be supporting her for the NEC.

    Amy Cross
    Mayor of Blackpool
  • ‘I am delighted to support Shama in her quest for election to the NEC. She brings with her a wealth of lived experience that will only further enhance the diversity of thought and ideas that will ensure our next Labour victory’

    Margaret McLennan
    Deputy Leader, Brent Council Chair, London Labour Finance Forum
  • I have known Shama for a few years through her work with the Local Government Association and have no hesitation in endorsing her to sit on the NEC. She works well across the party, across the country and is a highly skilled member of her council in an extremely challenging role.

    Cllr Tudor Evans
    Leader of Plymouth Council
  • I am proud to support Shama Tatler for the NEC. Shama is a shining example of a brilliant Councillor who understands communities and the importance of grassroots campaigning with those we wish to serve. Being a Councillor is an increasingly demanding role, and I know from many conversations with Shama that she would be a champion of Councillors and CLP officers from within the NEC.

    Anne Clarke
    Barnet and Camden GLA Assembly Candidate; Labour Cllr, Barnet Council
  • Shama has my vote, because I know she will work tirelessly representing members, and at a time when the Labour movement needs to be united to regain power, I have seen Shama work across our movement, as a member and within local government over many years and will do the same on the NEC.

    Cllr Johnson Situ
    Cabinet Member, London Borough of Southwark