I grew up in Southampton, where I went to a comprehensive school and was the first generation of my family to go to university. I studied History at York. I then trained as a primary teacher, starting my career in Bradford. I moved on to work at the Science Museum in London, where I was in charge of the interactive galleries. In 1999 I set up my own business, Learning Unlimited, which has been helping museums and galleries across the UK make culture open to everyone, particularly families with young children.
I love living in the New Forest. I’ve lived in Ringwood for the last 19 years, where my two children have gone to the local primary and comprehensive schools. As a parent and former teacher, I am passionate about the way education can improve life chances. Our schools need to be funded properly.
I’m committed to fighting climate change and inequality. We need a new green economy that works for everyone and the clock is ticking. Under nine years of Tory-controlled governments we have seen growing wealth inequality and very little positive action on the environment. We live in a prosperous area but for many here housing is unaffordable, jobs are low-paid or insecure and the services we rely on are fraying at the edges. Once we have sorted out Brexit, as an MP, these are the issues that would be most important to me – working for a fairer and happier Britain that can lead the way internationally on combatting the climate emergency.
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