Watch Doina Cornell as she talks
at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton – 2015.
Labour party experience
- Labour and Cooperative District Councillor for Dursley since 2012
- Deputy leader of the Stroud District Labour Group
- Vice Chair of the Strategy and Resources Committee
- Chair of Stroud CLP. July 2017 – present
- Two years Vice Chair Housing Committee
- Led Stroud EU referendum campaign
- Branch, group secretary, EC member, press officer
My most recent campaign is against the reduction in services at Cheltenham A&E, after I was contacted by whistle-blowing front-line staff who trusted me to raise their concerns in the media and through my access to heads of health services through the Health Scrutiny Committee.
Always a Labour supporter, I joined the party after the 2010 general election defeat. Previous to joining, I had supported and helped organise as a student with Amnesty International campaigns on behalf of political prisoners, and the active campaign to stop my university investing in South Africa. I was also involved in protesting against the Criminal Justice Bill and Iraq War.
I have a 17 year record of community involvement ever since moving to Gloucestershire with my family in 2000 as a volunteer with children’s groups and as a school governor, as well as a Labour supporter during election campaigns. When I joined the party in 2010 I became Branch Secretary at my first meeting, and was able to build on my existing community networks and experience as I became more involved with my local branch.
I served as a Cam parish councillor from 2011 – 2012 when I had to step down temporarily in order to care for my daughter who had been diagnosed with a long term condition and needed frequent hospital visits.
As a parish councillor I helped set up and run the South of Stroud Youth Partnership, a pioneering partnership between 4 town and parish councils to pool funds in order to provide youth services following the cutting of services by the Tory county council. We were able to fund youth services for young people, especially those not in Education, Work or Training, who otherwise would have had no provision at all.
In 2012 family circumstances allowed me to stand as candidate for the district council, which I won by defeating the Tory incumbent. I was re-elected in 2016 with an increased vote. As a local councillor I have led and worked very closely with local people and my Labour branch and trade unions on campaigns regarding housing, planning, protection of green spaces, traffic, promotion of local businesses using the living wage, cuts to public transport and local health services.
I have also worked on all election campaigns since 2010 delivering, canvassing and getting out the vote. In 2015 and 2016 I co-wrote with the 2 council leaders the district council manifesto with key themes of : housing, jobs and the local economy, and the environment.
I was the EU referendum champion for Stroud CLP and led the campaign for Stroud to remain in the EU, coordinating with other local campaigns including those run by trade unions such as UNITE and USDAW.
This year I worked with councillors in Stroud and across the SW such as Bristol to campaign against austerity, and wrote an anti-austerity statement that all 3 parties of the Stroud District Council cooperative administration signed up to.
I have been the district council representative for two years on the County health & social care scrutiny committee which has given me an insight into the cuts and service changes to the NHS across the county. Last summer I helped lead on a campaign to oppose reduction in the opening hours of the Stroud Minor Injuries Unit. Following growing concern about health cuts, I have recently set up a Stroud CLP Labour Health Action Group with other councillors, members and front-line staff to coordinate campaigning and build county-wide links with other CLPs.
I am Deputy Leader of the Labour Group and press officer. I was vice Chair of the Housing Committee for 2 years and am now vice Chair of the Strategy and Resources committee. I have been press secretary for the Labour group for 3 years. Since July 2017 I have been Chair of Stroud CLP.
I have presented motions to full council on a range of topics including against hate crime, threats to local health services, boundary review, and against the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership. I presented a motion to our CLP for us to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill that was passed despite some opposition.
In the press
Labour councillors in Stroud express serious concerns over NHS out of hours privatisation
stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk – 3 February 2017
EU debate – four Stroud politicians make their final arguments to voters
stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk – 22 June 2016
‘Fine speeches and hot air’: Labour councillor Doina Cornell criticises Neil Carmichael over government’s environment policies
stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk – 19 January 2016
Campaign launched to have more employers in Cam and Dursley paying the living wage
gazette.co.uk – 6 November 2015
Uproar over changes to bus services in Dursley
stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk – 23 October 2014