I'm delighted to be Labour's candidate for the next General Election for my home seat of Norwich North. I live in the city with my family and our two dogs, am a qualified teacher and a proud trade unionist. I joined the Labour Party in 2015 and I am now a City Councillor for Town Close ward, Norwich City Council Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Norwich Labour Party Women's Officer.
For years I never thought someone like me could become an MP. I've led a varied life. I've worked in bars and in catering, spent a short while living in a squat and have never had much money, I even did my degree at UEA the hard way – as a mature student with a young child and scraping by on low wages from casual work.
When I caught the bug for public service, I worked in schools with young people from troubled backgrounds at risk of failing their exams and have helped disadvantaged families eat well on a limited budget.
A priority for Labour is to reconnect with people who feel little connection with formal politics and to encourage them to regularly use their right to vote. I've spent many years with people who feel this disconnection and understand that disenchantment well. Not only am I committed to doing something about that, I have the experience and track record as a local campaigner to achieve it.
Please support my campaign for this crucial seat by volunteering or donating, so we can deliver a Labour government that works for the many and not just the few.
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