I'm Rachel Blake and I'm standing to be the next Labour MP for Cities of London and Westminster.
I'd love to hear from you.
I believe that together we can win a Labour MP in Cities of London and Westminster for the first time ever. I want to be your Labour MP here to bring hope to communities, support people to thrive and help Labour back into Government.
Generations of my family have felt the transformative power of Labour Governments. Growing up in London in the 1980s, I saw the impact of devastating Conservative Government policies – growing hospital waiting lists, schools crying out for investment, teachers striking for a decent pay rise, discrimination in public services, inflation out of control, and a country divided.
And today, it’s divided once more as the Conservative Government rips holes in the social safety net Labour founded. People are left with impossible struggles under an uncaring government. In my surgeries as a local Councillor, I meet people who work multiple jobs, yet can’t afford food, heating and housing.
I joined the Labour Party in 2003 to be part of the movement uniting people to transform lives for the better. I was part of the team which turned 6 safe Lib Dem seats Labour in 2006 and secured Labour seats under threat from Tories in 2017 and 2019.
I’ve worked in the grassroots voluntary sector, as a policy advisor at HM Treasury under Gordon Brown and in Local Authorities, including the City of London Corporation, supporting homeless and unemployed households. I was first elected as a local Councillor in 2014, appointed to the Cabinet in 2015 and became Deputy Mayor in 2018.
I’ve championed the development of council homes so that children grow up in a secure home and led community and public health responses during the pandemic. I have decades of experience working in local, regional and national government and representing diverse communities.
The last Labour government stopped economic decline, established rights, reduced child poverty, nearly ended pensioner poverty, and invested in our communities. We will do all that and more, again. Cities of London and Westminster need a candidate with a plan to win and who can unite the party to win, building on the stunning local election results, developing a strong and diverse campaigning team, working with the community, making the case for a Labour Government.
Conservative MPs for Cities of London and Westminster have not stopped austerity or secured investment in public services and have let down the residents who rely on public services and a stable economy.
On the issues which affect the constituency – short-term lets, night time economy, shortage of decent, affordable housing, inequality, discrimination, poor quality private rented sector housing, poor air quality, child poverty, insecurity in the workplace – as your MP I would be a determined and tireless voice in Parliament for change.