The opportunity to represent the area of my city, where I was born and brought up, in the UK Parliament is a tremendous honour. I saw the positive transformation that a Labour government brought to our communities, from improvements to housing and education to healthcare. There is still much more to be done though, and since my election in June 2017, I have been devoted to advancing that cause in Parliament.
The North East of Glasgow has an incredible heritage that has fascinated me since I was a child. Although it has endured many challenges caused by de-industrialisation, I am passionate about continuing to drive forward the regeneration of the area. I haven't just thought about how to do that, I have taken action to actually deliver it, having founded the project to restore Springburn's historic Winter Gardens into a landmark community asset for our city.
Unlike other parties, my focus is not on squabbling about another divisive referendum above all else, it is entirely dedicated to the issues we should care about most in politics - improving the quality of life for the citizens of North East Glasgow by getting on with campaigning for and delivering real, meaningful changes to public policy across the UK that favour the many, not the few.
Putting an end to fiscal austerity from both the Tory UK and SNP Scottish Governments - ensuring that our vital public services are effectively protected and invested in, while ending their privatisation;
Leading a masterplan to regenerate the derelict land and buildings that blight the environment of our communities by promoting reforms to the tax system and land regulations that will incentivise their productive reuse;
Helping to close the education attainment gap by putting an end to the appalling and degrading cuts to our Social Security system and the benefit sanctions that have destabilised the lives of so many families and vulnerable people, whether they are in work or out of work;
Raising the Minimum Wage to a real Living Wage of £10 per hour, ending Zero Hours Contracts and protecting Tax Credits for working families;
Promoting an industrial strategy to grow high value manufacturing that will create more productive, highly skilled employment in Glasgow;
It also means bringing public control, price and quality regulation back to our buses, railway system and energy companies - finally putting an end to an era of private profiteering and declining quality at our expense.
If you are a constituent needing help or would like to know more about my work as the MP for Glasgow North East and Shadow Scotland Minister, please feel free to contact me.
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