I couldn’t be prouder to be from Norfolk. I grew up in one of the county’s small villages and went to the local comprehensive school. My first job was on a local farm and,later I worked in local pubs, cafes and shops. Norwich is my home and I know what a brilliant place it is. But our community has been let down, just as the country has.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a good state education, a good job and good health. Everyone deserves those things in a prosperous society. This isn’t the reality in Norwich North under the Tories. Many people simply don’t feel better off after thirteen long years of Conservative Government.
Throughout my life I’ve stood up for hope – for fairness, for dignity, for equality. I’ve spent most of my career in the charity sector. I’ve worked in some of the poorest countries of the world. I’ve campaigned for children’s rights, against hunger, poverty and inequality.
Wherever, I’ve lived I’ve been active in my community – I’ve been a school governor, a Hospital Trust governor and during Covid I volunteered at a food bank delivering parcels. My parents instilled in me the value that you never stand by when you see injustice -you fight to change it.
Since becoming your candidate, I’ve spoken to thousands of you, listening to your experience under this Government and the change you want to see. With people right across our area, I’ve already fought to save our NHS walk-in centre, shone a spotlight on the state of our buses and backed our local businesses.
I know that we can turn things around.
I want Norwich North to thrive.I want to work with people and businesses across our great city and restore trust, hope and opportunity.
Together we can do it. I will always be on your side.
I will be a strong, independent voice for Norwich North. I’ll stand up for better public services and investment in green transport, jobs and decent housing. I’ll demand a fair deal for workers and fight for action to tackle the biggest challenges we face: cost of living, climate change and a broken health and social care system. I care passionately about securing investment, opportunity and hope for people in Norwich North. That means:
Norwich North needs an MP that will speak up for the community in the face of the cost of living crisis. Labour would act to support people right now and put in place long term solutions to cut energy bills for good. We’ll make oil and energy giants pay their fair share, instead of putting the burden on working people.
I would work with business and industry to secure investment and well-paid, secure jobs for people here. We need action to tackle the housing crisis with investment in truly affordable homes and action to tackle skyrocketing rents.
No child should be left behind – I want every child in Norwich North to have the opportunity to succeed. That means investment in early years, schooling and youth services.
Norfolk is a dental desert and thousands of you are waiting more than a month to see a GP. As your MP my priority will be more dentists and doctors for you. Labour’s plan would mean 700,000 extra urgent dental appointments and action to get more dentists into areas most in need – like Norfolk.
Everyone deserves to live in a great place. Labour would bring back neighbourhood policing, helping to crack down on anti-social behaviour and crime. I’ve campaigned for years to tackle climate change and will prioritise action to protect our local environment and secure investment in green, affordable transport.