We are profiling all the local General Election candidates in the run-up to December 12th and start by speaking to Labour’s Kama McKenzie…

Prospective parliamentary candidate Kama McKenzie, who is standing for the Labour Party at December’s General Election in the Wells constituency, says she is “fully prepared to challenge career politicians.”

Kama says she has built her career on meeting the needs of local communities as a senior manager whose professional and voluntary work has spanned youth services and young carers, mental health and substance misuse.

The founder of a voluntary organisation and a social enterprise, Kama says that she lives at the “sharp end of the austerity measures that have severed local services since 2010.”

“Every morning, I read referrals for children and young people who have no choice but to provide care to disabled or unwell family members, and who miss out on education, are isolated and are struggling with their own mental health as a result.”

“Somerset County Council has vowed to keep pressure on Westminster, but it’s not enough: we need a long-term solution – and Labour’s policy for a National Care Service is just that.”

A self-confessed ‘politics nerd’, she says that she is fully prepared to challenge career politicians whose lives are removed from those of the people they represent.

“The Wells constituency is diverse: its people, the issues we face and the areas in which we live. We know that diversity is not reflected at the ballot box.”

“I want to give local people the chance to vote for someone who knows we need more affordable and social housing, more accessible health care, better public transport, and huge improvements in social care and youth services – and who is genuinely committed to voicing those needs in Parliament.”

Kama has been Chairman of the Glastonbury & Street Branch Labour Party.

Kama is among several candidates confirmed as running in the December 12th election – James Heappey is running for the Conservatives and Tessa Munt is running for the Liberal Democrats. We will be featuring all the candidates.


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