I am the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove in the General Election on Thursday, 12th December 2019.
I am a former trade union officer and activist, a lifelong Labour Party campaigner (I started leafleting for the party when I was eight!) and I was formerly the Deputy Director of HOPE not hate, the anti-extremism and anti-racism campaign.
I’ve lived in the Midlands on and off since 1997, when I was the first one in my family to go to university.
I was born in Edinburgh, but because of my mum’s work we lived all over the country and I went to my local comprehensive school in Bristol. My mum is a former trade union official and my granddad was a steel worker and then a miner, so I owe every opportunity I’ve ever had to the labour movement.
Stoke-on-Trent North is my home and I’m committed to fighting hard for the city and for North Staffordshire. I’m passionate about our history but we need to make sure that our future is just as bright, which is why jobs, jobs and more jobs will be my priority in the coming months and years.
Since I was first elected in 2015 I’ve worked hard to tackle the issues that matter to local people, helping thousands of residents with their issues. I have campaigned to put an end to Holiday Hunger – to ensure every child is receiving the care they need all year round.
Having the chance to make things better for my friends and neighbours is an incredible privilege, but there’s still so much more to do. We need to work together to support our ceramics industry, protect our NHS and deliver a Brexit that is going to bring jobs and opportunities to our city.
So get in touch and get involved, our best chance to build a new future for our city is to work and fight together, to demand new opportunities for your children and grandchildren.