I grew up in Dorchester and raised my family here. I work in a local school. I’ve lived in West Dorset for most of my life and I have a strong attachment to this beautiful area. But over the years I've seen rising levels of inequality in West Dorset due to high housing costs, drastic cuts to public services and low wages. Cuts to rural bus services and high fares have left both old and young isolated and left others with no choice but to use their cars, when we are facing a climate crisis. We desperately need good transport and infrastructure such as broadband, to boost West Dorset’s economy and tackle inequality and rural poverty.
Since joining the Labour Party in 2013, I’ve been campaigning for decent, genuinely affordable homes and social housing for local people and to keep NHS services and beds in the West of the county.
Education funding has been cut to such an extent that we are now seeing a damaging impact on schools and further education, endangering the future of young people and adding to a growing mental health crisis affecting the young. Support for children and young people with additional needs has been particularly hard hit and I’ve worked hard over the past year to raise awareness about how these vulnerable children and their families have been let down. I support a public vote on any Brexit deal and I believe that it is the way to heal the divisions that have grown over the last three years. With a commitment to properly fund our NHS and schools, build decent homes and take action on the climate crisis, I believe Labour is the only party that can give us the transformative government we all need.
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