I was a youth and community worker in the north of Sheffield and live locally with my family and five-year-old daughter. My grandad was a miner, my dad was a self-employed builder and my mum is a WASPI woman who has lost 7 years of her pension as a result of this Conservative government after working hard all her life in retail.
I have lived the consequences of Tory/Lib Dem austerity – and I believe it is crucial that our country elects more MP’s from ordinary backgrounds.
I have a track record of standing up for people, here in Penistone and Stocksbridge, successfully fighting Conservative cuts to NHS services and securing investment for our area.
I grew up in a working class, single-parent family in social housing. As an unemployed young parent on benefits under Tory austerity, I lived in fear and poverty and I saw that only political action and a Labour government can resolve the problems affecting working people like me.
During and after leaving school I worked in low paid retail, catering and cleaning jobs. Then, thanks to a widening participation bursary, I worked my way as a mature student through a degree from the University of Sheffield – the first person in our family to go to university.
As a youth and community worker in North Sheffield, I have experience of working with people who have been hardest hit by the Tories. My role often took me into food banks, working with people in crisis, drug and alcohol users and people experiencing severe ill health.