I am proud of my community in Corby and East Northamptonshire and believe that we can make real changes when people come together to work for the many not the few.
My family have lived in Corby for generations. I grew up and went to school here, and I played football for both Corby Cougars and Rushden & Diamonds. I will be delighted to be Corby’s first MP to have grown up and gone to school in the town I still call home.
There is so much to celebrate including Corby’s internationally-recognised Pen Green Centre which was set up under a Labour government, but there are many challenges we need to overcome. Under-funding of schools leaving children struggling to get the education they deserve, the elderly who are left isolated through cuts to public services and families on such low incomes they are relying on the charity of food banks to subsidise their low incomes.
My long-running campaign to reverse cuts to our hard-working police force saw the reopening of a base in Corby for front line officers but there is still more work to do to tackle crime in our towns and villages.
I have seen first-hand while working with Armed Forces veterans how they feel deserted upon leaving the forces and need more support acclimatising to ‘civvie street’. I ran Labour Friends of the Forces for a number of years, encouraging veterans to stand for Parliament and fighting for War Widows who, at that time, lost their husband’s pensions if they remarried after bereavement.
Other work with institutions like the Bank of England has given me an invaluable insight into the economy and how we need one that works for us all, not just those at the very, very top.
I’m about deeds not words and want to be given the opportunity to further deliver for our community.
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