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Bishop Auckland

Sam Rushworth

Sam Rushworth [email protected] 07923 925944
The Chapter House 37 High Bondgate Bishop Auckland DL14 7PN

Personal Statement

Bishop Auckland is my hometown, it’s where we’ve put down roots and chosen to raise our family. I work in Research and Innovation at Durham University, my wife is a student midwife in the NHS, our kids go to local schools and colleges, and we’re invested in the community. 
 I am standing to be our MP for the opportunity to serve and make a real difference for the people and place I love.
 I admire people I meet every day who, despite being let down by a failing government, just get on with it: setting up businesses in a challenging economic climate, teaching in underfunded schools, treating patients in an understaffed NHS, and volunteering for neighbourhood clean-up teams, foodbanks, and youth clubs. But we are swimming against the current. After fourteen years of Tory government Britain is poorer, more unequal, and less influential in the world. We need a decade of national renewal to turn things around and MPs who serve the national interest, not their self-interest. 
 I’ve had a varied career in Business, Higher Education, and the Charity sectors. I studied Development Economics at Manchester University and have a strong interest in helping struggling economies to flourish – including growing our local economy! I went on to specialise in conflict prevention and reconciliation, working in places affected by civil war, advising governments, charities, and the UN. So, my skills are in bringing people together to solve complex problems and build stronger communities.
 I have also taught at school, college, and university levels, and I am passionate about helping our young people reach their potential, as I was helped in my teens by the policies of the last Labour government.
 I don’t come from money. My family struggled. I have been blessed with the opportunity of a great education but had to work 30-hour weeks on top of full-time study to pay my way through university. I have waited tables, stacked shelves, mopped floors, and laboured outside in all weathers. So, I know what it’s like to support my family on low paid insecure work. Some of the people closest to me still do. I have fought my whole life, and I’ll fight hard for everyone in our communities across Bishop Auckland, Crook, Shildon, and all the villages across Teesdale, and Weardale. 

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