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Jessie Joe Jacobs is a Teesside-based British political and social activist, and regional charity leader. She founded the charity A Way Out [2] in 2002 and is the current director of the North-East charity consortium, the Northern Inclusion Consortium. Jacobs was also the co-founder of the free 'alternative' tabloid, The Eclipse in Tyneside[3] and founded the 'I Love Stockton Me' social media project[4].

Jessie Joe Jacobs
Born1977/1978
Stockton-on-Tees, UK
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
Durham University
OccupationCampaigner, charity director
Years active2002-present [1]
Known forDirector of the Northern Inclusion Consortium
Standing to be the Labour Party's candidate for the 2020 Tees Valley Mayoral election.
Notable work
Nominated for a Gazette Community Champion award for her charity work
Political partyLabour Party
MovementPolitical
Opponent(s)Dan Smith, Paul Williams, Mandy Porter
Websitehttps://jessiejacobs.co.uk/

After announcing her bid in July 2019, in the October, Jacobs was selected to be the Labour candidate in the May 2020 race for mayor of Tees Valley, standing against current Conservative Mayor Ben Houchen.[5]

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Early life and education

Jacobs was born in Stockton in County Durham, and attended the Grangefield Academy before going on to study Pharmacology at the University of Leeds and studying for a Master's in Management[6] at Durham University.[7]

Charity work

A Way Out

Jessie Joe Jacobs is the founder and former chief executive of A Way Out Charity[8]. She founded A Way Out after meeting an underage girl in Stockton who was trying to sell her body for sex.[9]. A Way Out delivers services to vulnerable people, especially young people[10] and women[11], around issues of drug addiction[12], alcohol misuse, depression, self-harm and sex exploitation[13], in communities, prison, schools and on the street[14].

Awards and recognition

In 2009, A Way Out won a £100,000 donation from the Bank of Scotand's Social Entrepreneur awards.[15] In 2012, Jacobs was nominated for a Gazette Community Champion award for her charity work by Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham [16].

Also in 2013, Alex Cunningham MP nominated A Way Out for a Centre for Social Justice award.[17] In 2019, A Way Out was chosen as the Tees Valley Combined Authority's partnership charity for 2020 by Ben Houchen[18]. Since its founding in 2002, over 5,000 people have been reached by A Way Out.[19]

Northern Inclusion Consortium

Jacobs went on to become the Director of the Northern Inclusion Consortium[20]. The NIC is a consortium of four founding members; Mental Health Concern, Changing Lives, Human Kind, and Groundwork[21] The NIC exists to tackle regional inequality, deprivation, austerity and multiple needs and complexity.[22] The Northern Inclusion Consortium is currently running two projects; Step Forward Tees Valley[23] and Moving On Tyne & Wear.[24] Both Step Forward Tees Valley[25] and Moving On Tyne and Wear[26] are National Lottery and European Social Fund funded employability programmes which aim to get the long-term unemployed back into work, volunteering or actively searching for work[27]. The NIC's charities represent around 100,000 people across the region.[28]

Community Work and Activism

In 2012, Jacobs founded the community project 'I Love Stockton Me'[29], which aimed to celebrate the positive things about Stockton[30]. In 2017, Jacobs co-founded the 'Eclipse', dubbed as an alternative tabloid and free newspaper delivered to 10,000 people across Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields[31].

Political Work

In 2014, after stepping down as CEO of A Way Out, Jacobs worked as a researcher for Phil Wilson Labour Party MP for Sedgefield[32] and during the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union, Jacobs was the North East field director[33] for the cross-party Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.[34]. Jacobs has also worked for the Trade Union Congress[35] as a policy officer.[36]

Tees Valley Mayoral Candidacy

In July 2019, Jessie Joe Jacobs announced she was standing to be the Labour Party's candidate for the 2020 Tees Valley Mayoral election[5]. Her opponents within the Labour Party were Dan Smith, an engineer and office manager for Paul Williams MP[37], and Darlington Councillor Mandy Porter.[38][39]

Selection and Controversy

Jacobs was selected as the Labour candidate in October 2019, six weeks before the decision was originally due after she was the only candidate to be shortlisted. Jacobs received nominations from all seven Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) and all affiliated trade unions. Porter did not receive enough nominations to be shortlisted and although Smith did receive sufficient nominations, regional members of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party (NEC) opted to only shortlist Jacobs[40]. Hours after the decision was announced, Facebook posts from 2015 and 2016 written by Dan Smith emerged, in which he expressed support for Middlesbrough's Independent Mayor Andy Preston during his campaign to become the town's MP in 2015. He also criticised Middlesbrough's Labour Council over property deals, accusing Labour council members of corruption[41]. In response, Dan Smith tweeted that the comments were posted prior to his Labour Party membership and he has learned from his past[42].

References

  1. Richardson, Lucy. "A new direction for A Way Out". Northern Echo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  2. Armstrong, Jeremy. "Survival sex: Men and women in deprived areas exchanging sexual favours for accommodation". Mirror. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. Sharman, David. "Eclipse newspaper launches in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. Brown, Mike. "Big Interview: How Jessie Joe Jacobs became political after meeting 15-year-old girl selling sex". Teesside Live. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gullon, Nick. "Charity leader is hoping to become Tees Valley Mayor". Northern Echo. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  6. Blackburn, Mike. "A Way Out wins entrepreneur award". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  7. Kelly, Mike. "Meet the North East Campaigner on a mission to keep the UK in the European Union". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. Jackson, Chris. "Does the north need a voice as loud as London's". BBC News. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  9. "Our Story". A Way Out. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  10. Love, Laura. "I was so lucky to be alive...now I'm on my way to help others". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  11. Bruce, Lindsay. "Thornaby woman turns life around thanks to Stockton charity". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  12. "The rising peril of crack cocain". BBC News. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  13. "Ex-burglar says 'some people need to be in prison'". BBC News. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  14. "Minister visits Stockton charity A Way Out". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  15. Blackburn, Mike. "A Way Out wins entrepreneur award". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  16. Blackburn, Mike. "Hard work earns A Way Out co-founder award nomination". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  17. Richardson, Lucy. "MP promotes charity helping women at risk find 'A Way Out'". Northern Echo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  18. Scott, Jim. "Stockton: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen chooses 'A Way Out' as 2020 charity". Northern Echo. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  19. Richardson, Lucy. "New direction for A Way Out in Stockton". Northern Echo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  20. "Jessie Jacobs is appointed as Director of the NEC". Northern Inclusion Consortium. 2018-11-09. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  21. "Who We Are". Northern Inclusion Consortium. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  22. "Why Do We Exist?". Northern Inclusion Consortium. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  23. "Step Forward Tees Valley". Step Forward Tees Valley. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  24. "Moving On Tyne & Wear". Moving On Tyne and Wear. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  25. "Our Vision". Step Forward Tees Valley.
  26. "What we do". Moving on Tyne and Wear. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  27. Huntley, David. "The Stockton mum who overcame anxiety to take part in nationwide modelling competition". Teesside Live. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  28. Brown, Mike. "Big Interview: How Jessie Joe Jacobs became political after meeting 15-year-old selling sex". Teesside Live. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  29. "I love Stockton me: About". Facebook. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  30. Brown, Mike. "Big Interview: How Jessie Joe Jacobs became political after meeting 15-year-old girl selling sex". Teesside Live. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  31. Sharman, David. "Eclipse newspaper launches in Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  32. "REGISTER OF INTERESTS OF MEMBERS' SECRETARIES AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (As at 10 March 2015)" (PDF). Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  33. Fox, Alex. "EU campaigners descend on rush hour commuters in Durham". Northern Echo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  34. Kelly, Mike. "Meet the North East Campaigner on a mission to keep the UK in the European Union". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  35. Brown, Mike. "Charity leader Jessie in the running to be Labour rival against Tees Mayor Ben Houchen". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  36. "Jessie Jacobs". TUC. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  37. Brown, Mike. "Thornaby engineer wants to be Labour's candidate to take on Ben Houchen". Teesside Live. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  38. Metcalf, Alex (2019-09-05). "The three Labour candidates lining up to take on Ben Houchen". Teesside Live. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  39. Rodgers, Sienna (2019-10-09). "Jessie Joe Jacobs selected as Labour's Tees Valley mayor candidate".
  40. Brown, Mike. "How Labour selected Jessie Joe Jacobs as candidate for Tees Valley Mayor after questions raised". Teesside Live. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  41. Moss, Richard. "More information has come my way on Tees Valley Mayor Labour selection. I understand tweets in the past like these by Dan Smith championing someone standing against Labour were not helpful when it came to deciding whether he should be shortlisted". Twitter. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  42. Smith, Dan. "These are messages that were posted on my Facebook page during the selection process. I'd guess in order to embarrass me. I replied stating that this was prior to me being a Labour member and that I learned a lot since then and that I'm more than happy to learn from the past". Twitter. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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