I am the Labour Party Candidate for the constituency of East Hampshire. I am passionate about politics and have been a Labour Party member for seven years. In my professional life I am a lecturer at Loughborough University, prior to which I was a lecturer at Winchester School of Art in Hampshire and University of the Arts London. Prior to joining academia I have worked as a disability support advisor in the Higher Education sector, Sexual Health Assistant and as a kitchen helper in a cafe. I am passionate about improving health, wages, education and housing.
Health: Improving the health outcomes is one of my primary concerns. The NHS is under pressure and far too often patients are not getting the care they deserve. We need to ensure the best services possible by working closely with NHS staff rather than through outsourcing.
Wages: There are currently six million people earning less that the living wage, in precarious and low paid work and living in poverty. We need to work better with employers and employees to make sure wages do not fall behind prices and we can ensure decent living standards for the many.
Education: As a lecturer in Higher Education I am appalled that the future generation of students are going to university will emerge with debts that will take them an entire lifetime to repay. Education is the domain of all and not the privileged few. I am against any further increase of tuition fees.
Housing: We are in the midst of a housing crisis. Homes are too expensive to buy for first time buyers, the stock of council housing is at an all time low and rogue landlords are going unchecked. We will have to work with home developers to build affordable and sustainable houses.
As a passionate internationalist I believe leaving the EU will mean leaving our largest trading partner. I do however believe that it is time to build a new relationship with the European Union and not close our doors. A Labour government can provide that stability and assurance for our future.
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