Growing up in a Yorkshire mining village, I witnessed the Conservative Government’s decimation of a working-class community. I believe that a return to socialist values is not only possible but necessary for people in this country: equality in society benefits all in society.
As a secondary school teacher and mother of five, I understand the dilemmas faced by working parents and I share the hopes and fears for the future of the next generation. Labour’s radical and costed manifesto includes a pledge for a living wage of at least £10. It is fair and will address the scourge of in-work poverty.
During this election campaign, I will be visible and approachable; you will find me on street stalls and at hustings, listening to voters’ concerns and showing them what Labour’s manifesto means to all of us. I look forward to meeting you.
Living in the Pocklington area, I know that our constituency is a widely spread out and diverse one and that we must look after all our various communities: the towns, the villages, coastal and inland. Town residents want new developments to be supported by better infrastructure; they want improved facilities for their children and they want a safe environment. Village residents are concerned about cuts to bus services, village amenities such as shops and clinics as well as the poor reception for internet services.
One of my aunties summed me up a long time ago by using that popular phrase: ‘If you want something doing, ask a busy person.’ As your Member of Parliament I will listen to you and fight for what matters to you. I will continue to be the busy person I have always been.
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