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Fighting Tory Cuts

My Story

When I was born, the room in Barnsley Hospital was filled with flowers from friends, family and people in the local Labour Party. No-one knew how long I’d live for or what operations I’d need. 

 

Growing up in Penistone, living in Stocksbridge in my late teens, I learnt the importance of Labour values – fairness, equality and justice – through my parents and their local Party activism in these communities. I learned there was no such word as ‘can’t’ and that you have to go out in the world and develop your own skills to use them for others. 

 

As a child I missed three years of school because of the surgery I needed, but thanks to the NHS healthcare I received at Barnsley and Sheffield Hospitals I gained the mobility to walk and follow my ambitions. My local state education in Penistone and support from Barnsley Council, enabled me to achieve a place at the University of Oxford – where I studied a law degree, masters and doctorate in Criminology. 

 

I know the difference that world-class public services make to people’s life chances. I’ve lived it. 

 

The Tories don’t understand why community matters, why we need to maintain excellent, free public services. We know that they don’t understand why giving people from less-affluent backgrounds a chance to thrive is worth every penny. But I do.

 

That’s why I’ve spent the last decade fighting Tory attacks on the most disadvantaged people. My values have been central to my award-winning campaigns as a nationally renowned disability rights activist, legal researcher, an experienced Labour Councillor and Cabinet member.


Now I want to take that fight to the current Conservative MP and the Tories, here in my home constituency. This place is special to me – it’s where my roots are, where my family live and where we want to bring-up our daughter.

 

I have the background, the values and the experience to win for Labour, and to deliver for people in Penistone and Stocksbridge.  

 

I am asking for your support to be the next Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, and will work hard to do all I can to win and take the Labour Party into power so that we can once again be a government of transformative change.

My Values

For Fairness

As a child, I missed three years of school because of the surgeries I needed. It was thanks to NHS care at Barnsley and Sheffield Hospitals that I was able to walk and follow my ambitions. My experiences have made me driven to fight for fairness in everything I do.
It is why I work tirelessly to advocate for others to get the support they need to thrive. This has been central to my award-winning campaigns as a nationally renowned disability rights activist, legal researcher, an experienced Labour Councillor and Cabinet member.

It’s why as a councillor, when the Tory Council made a 100% funding withdrawal from Children’s Centres, I worked with residents to secure £54,000 to save our local centre. When that same council threatened to axe home to school transport for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, I mounted a campaign with local parents to Save SEND Transport. We were successful and the decision was overturned. It’s why I’ve campaigned to increase the inclusion of disability in education by establishing the Oxford Disability Law and Policy Project.

It’s why as your MP, I will work with you to build a society where no one is left behind.

For Equality

I know the difference that world-class public services make to people’s lives because I’ve lived it. That’s why tackling inequality, especially in education and healthcare is at the heart of everything I do.
That’s why, in 2011, the then Tory Birmingham City Council were going to cut adult social care; leaving 8,000 of 12,000 people without support. I had to do something. I collected evidence from parents, adults, and care-workers and to demonstrate the discriminatory impact of the policy. The response I wrote, on behalf of Autism West Midlands, was used by the claimant’s legal counsel as evidence in the Judicial Review of the Conservative City Council’s policy and used extensively by the judge in deciding to overturn the policy.

As your MP, I will fight against Tory cuts and work to make sure everyone in our constituency has the same opportunities that I had growing up.

For Community

Without the care, nurturing and support I received from our communities in Penistone and Stocksbridge, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. We know that the Tories don’t understand why community matters or why we need to maintain excellent, free public services. We know they don’t understand why giving people from less-affluent backgrounds a chance to thrive is worth every penny. But I do.
My work will always be grounded in our communities because I understand that politics should secure practical results. When it looked like HMRC were going to pull the plug on Stocksbridge Speciality Steels, I took a stand against the plant’s closure and argued why it’s our future and the beating heart of our local economy. The Conservative government’s failure to invest in gas storage and manage energy prices also means that these plants have been working on reduced capacity, despite the global high price of steel. Labour has said we would invest £3bn over the next decade to green the steel industry.

I will always advocate for the resources we need for our communities in Penistone and Stocksbridge to thrive. That means building an economy which secures local industries and better paid jobs, investment in community infrastructure, like local transport, and tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

As your MP, I will fight against Tory cuts and work to make sure everyone in our constituency has the same opportunities that I had growing up.

Campaigns

Campaigns

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Child Food Poverty

When Miriam Cates MP voted against continuing children free school meals over the school holidays, during the pandemic, as Cabinet member for Supporting Communities, I worked with officers to make sure all families who needed it could  get vouchers of up to £15 per child over that half-term holiday.

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Education & Early Years

I have a proven track record in tackling inequality, poverty and the attainment gap. I worked with residents to secure £54,000 to save the local Children’s Centre.

I was short listed as a Covid-19 hero for the LGiU & CCLA awards in recognition of my role in establishing community street champion networks and locality response hubs during the pandemic.

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The Inclusion of Disabled People On TV

Disabled people have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to its effects on their health, access to healthcare and the pandemic’s socio-economic consequences. Increasing the employment of disabled people in broadcast TV and closing the pay gap they face should play an important part in the UK's inclusive response and recovery to the pandemic.

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Frontline Response to COVID 19

When Covid hit, I worked with council staff, charities and volunteers to develop Locality Response Hubs and a Street Champion Network to provide essential support for vulnerable people isolating at home.

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Good to be on the doors in Silkstone Common this evening. Lots of people voting @UKLabour . I spoke to someone who is in their eighties and has always voted Conservative but told me 'it's time for change' and will be voting for us next time for the first time.

Amidst this farce, the House of Commons voted for an immediate ceasefire, the release of hostages, international aid and the recognition of a Palestinian state. Everything else is parliamentary theatrics and partisan noise.

We ask @RishiSunak and @David_Cameron's @Conservatives, along with all parties, to support the amendment @UKLabour has moved today calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

Together, we can put party politics aside and speak with one voice.

.@UKLabour’s motion calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and sets out the conditions for it to be permanent.

Our motion can be supported by all sides of the House. MPs of all stripes should get behind it, so we can speak with one voice today.

We've had teams of activists out right across the constituency this weekend, supporting me and our fantastic @UKLabour council candidates. Always a boost to have @DanJarvisMP 's with us. Out in Dodworth today with our local election candidate Ian Hague-Brown.

Getting @Gvkitchen & @damienegan elected didn’t happen by magic. Thousands of volunteers helped by delivering leaflets, putting up garden stakes, calling voters, telling on polling stations & knocking doors.
Help @UKLabour win the General Election.

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My trusty inner by-election alarm went off to see the 'stunning' victory for @Gvkitchen in Wellingborough for @UKLabour. The 2nd biggest in any by-election history, this follows @damienegan 's superb result in Kingswood, overturning an 11,000 majority to win. Congratulations 🎊

What an atmosphere in Oughtibridge tonight! Fabulous activists supporting us&as we took this photo, car after car, after car honked in support as they went past, people shouting out the window they'll be voting @UKLabour. Thanks to all those who spoke to us on the doorstep too!

Thanks to those joining us in Chapeltown today, talking to local ppl about @UKLabour 's ambitious Green Prosperity plan:
Great British Energy 🇬🇧
National Wealth Fund 🏗️
Warm Homes Plan 🏠
British Jobs Bonus 👩🏼‍🔧
Local Power Plan 🔋
No new oil ...& gas licenses 🛢️
2030 clean power ☀️