Jayde was a candidate in 2018 in Broad Green for the Conservatives and has appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire show, supporting the party. Jayde is a member of the Spacnation church which as prevailed her to be a voice in her community and use her passion in politics to make a change.
Always keen to speak to people in Croydon who support Brexit, because we voted to leave and they support and respect democracy. The Croydon Constitutionalists spoke to Jayde Edwards the Conservative Party Candidate for the Council by-election in Fairfield Ward.
Jayde thanks for your time.
This is your second time standing what should we know about you as potentially Croydon’s next councillor?
From a very young age I have been extremely passionate, talking about the issues that most affect young people. I was brought up in a broken home, my dad left when I was 12 years old and my mum suffered with mental health for the majority of my life. This really pushed me to be vocal about changing not only my life but the lives around me.
In 2015 aged 15 I gave birth to a baby boy which was extremely difficult whilst living in Croydon and moving to about 8 different houses. I was constantly consumed with so many issues that I just wanted to change and be able to protect those around me.
Broad Green is a tough spot for a Conservative candidate. Any stories from this or previous campaign trails that have stuck in your memory?
Broad Green will always be a place that I am extremely passionate about because I lived there in temporary accommodation with my son. It was a small room with only a bed, table and TV. I understand the struggles that people living within the ward face, hence why I was so passionate about standing although I knew it was almost impossible. My heart is still in Broad Green and I will always do everything in my power to create a positive change in the area.
A really good experience whilst I was knocking on a door in Broad Green, was canvassing, I knocked on a door and a women in her mid 30s answered the door, we spoke for about an hour about the issues she is facing in her area. What inspired me the most is that she said “Never stop pushing in politics, because we need you”.
Fairfield ward is changing rapidly what do you think are the key issues in the ward?
I am extremely honoured to be selected to stand in Fairfield and I agree that there are so many things changing in Fairfield. The main issues I would say are:
– Westfield and the promise that was given to residents.
– Knife crime and the lack of opportunities.
What are your thoughts more broadly on Croydon Politics?
I have always been interested in Croydon Politics because I have lived here since I was 12. I do believe more young people need to get more involved in politics, but also more young people need to understand what politics means and how local politics can actually affect them. I think that is partly why I am standing as a candidate – I want to inspire young people, I also want to bring something new to Croydon – a new passion and a new energy.
There’s a new campaign for a Democratically Elected Mayor of Croydon. What are your thoughts on this proposed change to the way Croydon is governed?
I think a council run by the Conservatives is the best way forward! I do like that we have the opportunity to campaign for an elected mayor and I would love to see more young people going for these opportunities.
Although you’re running for council the issue of the day is Brexit. What are your thoughts on the subject that divides Britain?
The main focus for me right now is the local issues in Croydon and how I can gain the trust of the residents in Fairfield. Although Brexit is important and I trust the government will ensure Britain is protected. I choose focus on the local issues and how I can help change Fairfield.
Jayde thank-you for the interview.
Jayde is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JaydeTEdwards
The Fairfield by election is on the 7th November. If you’re in the ward make sure you vote.