Harlow Conservative candidate Hannah Ellis pledges to fight for her home town

Elections / Fri 31st May 2024 at 01:51pm

ON THURSDAY night, Hannah Ellis was elected as the Conservative candidate for Harlow and the villages.

We have known Hannah for over ten years as she rose from doing work experience in Robert Halfon’s office to his chief of staff. Hannah has also worked as a senior advisor in the House of Lords, where she was and is, very highly respected.

A former pupil at Fawbert and Barnard, then to Leventhorpe and onwards to Sheffield University. Whilst at school, Hannah’s part-time jobs included delivering the Harlow Star and working behind the counter at Dorrington’s in Old Harlow.

Earlier this month, she was elected as a councillor for the Great Parndon ward and now she has taken a step forward as the parliamentary candidate for our town.

This is very much an introductory interview with Ms Ellis. Over the next four weeks, we will be questioning her (as well as all the other candidates) on a whole range of subjects.

Hannah Ellis has also written a letter to Harlow residents.

“Dear Resident, 

“Harlow is and always will be my home.

“My grandparents moved here from East London in 1964, swapping the smog of the city for fresh air and, in time, a home of their own thanks to Mrs Thatcher’s right-to-buy.

“My mum was a teacher at Jerounds Primary School and my dad worked at the Smiths factory in the Pinnacles. With my younger brother, I spent my early years in a cosy one-bed flat in Katherines before moving to Old Harlow.

“I went to school at Fawbert and Barnards, took ballet classes at Brenda Taylor’s, and had a Saturday job at Dorringtons.

“Growing up in Harlow, I learnt the importance of community, personal responsibility and hard work. I believe that with the right support and encouragement, everyone should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and make their own lives, as they wish to.

“Fourteen years ago, Robert Halfon gave me my first opportunity in politics. I wrote him a letter, he invited me for some work experience and I ended up running his office.

“Since then, I have served as an adviser to two Leaders of the House of Lords, been Director of Policy for a research institution and built up years of experience working across parliament, government, policy and law.

“I know how to get things done and I can deliver for you from day one.

“Having worked in Parliament and Government, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I understand why people have been turned off of politics. But I’m not one of them, I’m one of you.

“I’m standing to be your Member of Parliament because I love Harlow, I want to fight for you, and I know how to make your voices heard in Westminster.

“I look forward to speaking to as many of you as possible over the next few weeks and I hope you will consider lending me your vote. I will work for you day and night and I will not let you down. 

“With my very best wishes, 


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18 Comments for Harlow Conservative candidate Hannah Ellis pledges to fight for her home town:

2024-05-31 14:15:57

Wish her well but less of the hand movements. So irritating.

gary roberts
2024-05-31 14:36:07

Is she as good as Halfon? If she is god help us. The usual I will work hard for Harlow and I love Harlow will be trotted out in every article and photo shoot with no real progress on the serious issues affecting the lives of many in this town.

2024-05-31 15:16:05

No real world experience nothing outside the Westminster bubble. You need to work for several private companies for a few years and get experience how business works to compliment your experience of politics.

2024-05-31 15:24:17

So who voted for a nobody?

Allan Wallace
2024-05-31 19:16:22

You lost are mental. You all winge and cry about politicians who are too old, too out of touch and so on. And when someone young, fresh minded and willing to put in the effort steps up to the plate - the ageist trollop comes out of the woodwork again. What is the ideal candidate if you are all so willing to speak on a topic you all clearly are expert on. This is one of the unsurprising reasons so many voted for Brexit and still wonder why shooting themselves in the foot is causing so much pain. Yet still cannot see the bullet hole that causes it. So glad I left the UK. What a joke of a nation.

2024-05-31 20:21:49

Nice to see a real Harlow resident, former pupil in Harlow and someone with real links and a background with the town being put forward.

Harlow lifer
2024-05-31 20:46:57

Good luck hannah 👍

2024-05-31 23:06:47

Like the boy running the council are we to have a slip of a girl running for MP. Experience is key and no matter what degree etc they might have life skills are built up over time. Good luck to you anyway just hope you don't spout hot air like Mister Swords

Welfare not Warfare
2024-06-01 06:07:17

Living in Harlow all your life and you cannot see the chaos and damaged caused by the Tories? those with big egos can be blinded by their ambitions... Your father was one of the lucky ones, Smiths harlow ltd are one of the last remaining precision engineering companies in town when thousands like myself lost our jobs due to THATCHER. When D Cameron (failure) moved into number 10, he announced Austerity measures to take place because of a £700 billion dept, since then that dept has risen to £2.25 trillion. So who ever gets into number 10 there will be austerity like no other.... Who in their right mind would have Robert Halfon as a mentor and have his name on there CV?

David Forman
2024-06-01 08:21:22

With regards to manufacturing, the Trades Union Congress produced a report in 2005 on an Industrial Strategy for the UK. Looking at Ireland it said: "Ireland has several state industrial promotion agencies and state bodies, which promote agriculture, tourism and other sectors. The Industrial Development Authority is the main body charged with attracting foreign direct investment and it has had considerable success in picking winners, by targeting not individual firms but industrial sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, chemical and computer and health care sectors and, more recently, financial services. Ireland’s economic success was generated by a mix of European social partnership, state intervention in the economy and state assisted investment. It did, however, also include components of neo-liberalism, including sometimes regressive tax reductions." See report at https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&opi=89978449&url=https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/extras/industrial.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjJ_MK7-LmGAxWdQUEAHc-MCh4QFnoECCMQAQ&usg=AOvVaw0M40oCj6-llooO2-_qDlFU

2024-06-01 08:44:14

Where's the long standing Tory councillor who has stood elsewhere for parliament on a 'practice run'? He may have a safe seat to stand in, but has certainly seen they have little chance in Harlow.

David Forman
2024-06-01 23:55:57

The research institution Hannah worked for is Policy Exchange. It includes some serious researchers such as journalist and author David Goodhart, author of 'The Road to Somewhere' and 'Head Hand Heart'. A quote from the latter book: "A good society must re-imagine the meaning of skilled work, so that people who work with their hands and hearts are valued alongside workers who manipulate data." The other is Eric Kaufman, professor of Politics at Buckingham University. To get a flavour of David Goodhart watch the following video, especially the Neglect of Vocational Skills section at 11mins 21secs in: https://youtu.be/cgFEhXyP1A0?si=5mUM3YWxQoOhPVz0

David Forman
2024-06-02 00:06:27

A bit of history: Hannah Ellis fought the 2016 local election in Harlow for the Tories in Harlow Common ward receiving 672 votes, but not elected. The other Policy Exchange researcher (of many) Eric Kaufmann is author of 'Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities'. Kaufmann talks about Whiteshift at: https://youtu.be/XdQaD_RaZ4I?si=P9fbsz5xubRkd1Vw

David Forman
2024-06-02 00:19:17

Forgot to say that Hannah Ellis link at Policy Exchange says she started there in 2022. See for yourself https://policyexchange.org.uk/news/new-additions-to-our-expanded-team-at-policy-exchange/

Welfare not Warfare
2024-06-02 16:34:36

D forman.... So you spend much of your time reading and research, with your zero actions taken it must be the norm for you to find working class people having to go to food banks in aid to survive or falsed into on zero hours con-tracts.... .How do P&Q workers manged to survive on £2.85p per hour, do please let us know! As for Ireland, yes they are quite busy manufacturing ARMS and sending them direct to Ukraine. When the elections (circus) is over the Tories will no longer exist so your support for Hannah is pointless!

Stuart Cook
2024-06-03 08:11:55

Best of luck can count on us for support Have a hard job after Robert

Barbara & Elliot Brodie
2024-06-03 09:21:15

Good Luck Hannah Great to hear your passion for Harlow hope you'll be successful in the election Our Kind Wishes

2024-06-04 17:51:24

So many people with ‘opinions’ but not willing to support someone who is. Be kind. Good luck Hannah!

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