After much thought, I’ve decided to put myself forward to Aberconwy Labour Party members as they choose their parliamentary candidate.
Aberconwy is one of Labour’s target seat for the General Election: one we need to win to form a Government. And I believe local people deserve better than this pernicious government. They deserve a government that prioritises jobs and growth rather than stifling the economy.
I’m the daughter of an electrician and a secretary: normal working people who brought me up with a strong ethos to give something back to society. My parents were both local councillors in Manchester. My Dad’s proudest achievement was winning the argument that new homes, built to rehouse people from slums, should have baths when others said they wouldn’t be used. My mum went on to run a volunteer bureau and received an OBE for her services to the community. Mine was the first generation in my family to go to university. From a state school, I got a full grant to study maths at Oxford, where I was elected President of the Student Union.
I currently work for Welsh social care providers, seeking to improve services for older people, disabled people and looked-after children. I am used to taking on bureaucracy on behalf of small organisations and if elected I would use the same tenacity in dealing with officialdom on behalf of constituents.
I previously ran a UK-wide charity promoting maths education in secondary schools, worked for the BBC, and two national local government organisations. I have experience of getting things done in Westminster. For example, early in my career I ran the BBC’s parliamentary campaign to ensure that key sporting events such as the FA Cup Final and the then Five Nations rugby remained on free-to-view television, available to all and I worked with Lords to secure concessions from the then Home Secretary, Michael Howard on the composition of police authorities.
I live in Rhos on Sea with my husband, mother and three children. I love living in north Wales and moved here after years visiting my husband’s Nain and Taid. But I also know it can feel a long way from decisions being taken in both London and Cardiff and needs an MP who knows and stands up for the area and ensures it is not forgotten. I know how Westminster works and would be able to hit the ground running to deliver real benefits for the people of Aberconwy.