I live in West Leigh, Southend. My daughters attended school locally and still live nearby; I enjoy Southend’s libraries, parks and children’s centres with my young grandson.
I re-joined Labour in 2015 in response to increasing inequality and a failure by Government to fund services – council and NHS - that particularly affect local people who are low paid, unable to work or retired and vulnerable, and their carers. I am an active supporter of the cross-party Save Southend NHS campaign.
I volunteer as a school governor, with Southend Carers supporting young adult carers with transition between school/college and next steps and as volunteer team co-ordinator for Leigh Folk Festival. My last job before taking on family caring roles full-time was teaching at Leigh North Street School. Prior to 2003 I worked in the NHS in east London and Essex.
If elected I will support the residents of West Leigh and of Southend as a whole, upholding Labour principles of equity, fairness and justice for the many.