Friday, February 23, 2007
Dagenham, Kent: Linda Jennings
Linda, 44, says: ‘It’s a shame that when your kids go out they’re faced with the constant worry of intimidation.
'I’m joining Mums’ Army and intend to stand in the local elections this May because we need more policing. We must work with young people to reclaim a decent quality of life for all.’
Dagenham, Greater London
Mums' Army: Local Elections 2007
We are determined to give them our support. We hope you will give them your votes.
Last year Mums’ Army put up a creditable performance in the local elections, with two of our candidates polling more than their Conservative rivals.
And this May we believe we can make an even bigger impact by providing a political platform for women across the nation. This is an important opportunity to make your voice heard.
Here are the first three confirmed candidates…
‘My community is very frustrated. The police are trying hard to tackle antisocial behaviour but the system is stopping them. I hope that the people who are frightened will speak out through their vote on 3 May.’
Tel: 01884 840059
‘I feel sure that I can make a difference because most people in my ward now know me and recognise what I stand for. We will make an impact on 3 May.’
Tel: 01253 692025
‘Since I stood in last year’s elections, the antisocial behaviour here has got worse. People in my community have seen why Mums’ Army is so important and we’ve proved we’re not a whim. I want to be a candidate again - things have to change.’
Tel: 07778 524966
Contact us for more information if you would like to stand as a Mums’ Army candidate in the local elections on 3 May.
Scarborough, North Yorkshire: Mandi Marshall
Mandi, 36, phoned the Mums’ Army Hotline to say: ‘We have a problem with antisocial behaviour and when anyone tries to stand against it, they are abused and their windows are smashed. It has to stop.
‘When people have the strength and courage to go to the police, the criminal system lets them down. Everybody deserves a fair trial and a second chance, but offenders are being allowed to constantly re-offend.
‘We want to make our community safe for our children.’
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Oldham, Greater Manchester: Emma O'Toole
Emma, 24, explains: ‘We’re lucky we weren’t at home — the whole of the downstairs was gutted. The police realise local youths are responsible yet I know they’ll get away with it.
‘Connor has learning difficulties but he understands what’s happened. He has nightmares about the fire and worries that burglars are coming to get him. Something must be done so our children can feel safe in their own homes.’
Oldham, Greater Manchester
Monday, February 12, 2007
Northwest Germany: Nikki Irons
But when her 15-year-old neighbour was pinned to the ground outside his home and had a bottle pushed in his face, she contacted Mums’ Army for help.
Mother-of-three, Nikki, 30, says: ‘After spending six hours in surgery, the poor boy lost his eye and the police let his teenage attacker go free.
‘Our home was burgled by a 14-year-old boy who'd committed previous offences but he also walked away unpunished.
'Bad behaviour isn’t just confined to Britain. Here in Germany they are also letting young people get away with it and it has to stop.’
Leeds, West Yorkshire; Angela Gardener
Angela, 29, says: ‘My children were afraid to come home from school or play outside and we were kept awake at night. The police and housing association did nothing.
'The problems got worse and I was so stressed I ended up in hospital. I gained the strength to continue fighting and wrote endless letters to local newspapers, MPs, police and various officials. Eventually, thanks to the housing ombudsman and my children’s school, we were moved.
‘I want people to know that if you put up a fight you can change things.’
Leeds, West Yorkshire
South Kelsey, Lincolnshire: Sara Bailey
Single mum Sara, 41, explains: ‘The school wouldn’t take action, so I did. It was the last straw. I took my son out of school and taught him at home. 'He’s now 17 and has passed his exams at the local college. With first-hand experience of the damage bullying and antisocial behaviour can cause, I'm joining Mums’ Army to provide a voice for families in similar situations.’
South Kelsey, Lincolnshire
Gosport, Hampshire: Lisa Wise
Lisa, 42, says: ‘All isn’t lost with the youth of today. We must provide positive role models and pressure authorities into creating opportunities so that youngsters can have somewhere to go and something to do.’
Tel: 02392 524866