I live in Romiley with my partner Ed, and I run an office to help local people with everyday issues. I’m really proud that we’ve managed to keep our office open running entirely from local donations.
I’m a local Councillor on Stockport Council too. Improving our area is a passion for me, and I’d love the opportunity to be a strong voice for local people in Parliament.
I was born and brought up in Lancashire where I went to school and college and where my parents and Grandad still live. I gained 10 GCSEs at St Bede’s RC High School in Lytham, 5 ‘A’ levels at Cardinal Newman College in Preston and graduated from the University of Durham in 2001 with an Honours degree in Mathematics.
FIGHTING FOR OUR AREA
Save Our Services - Stepping Hill Hospital
When Stepping Hill was pushing for Specialist Status I was fighting for them to succeed. We had the backing of thousands of local people and successfully won more staff time and surgery time for the hospital.
So naturally, when Stepping Hill Hospital was hit with cuts that meant closing a ward and losing staff, I was part of the team that stood up and fought for Stepping Hill Hospital.
I ran a petition which attracted over 6,000 signatures. I took that petition all the way to Number 10 Downing Street. With your support I can take the fight into Westminster too and push for a fair deal for our hospital.
Protecting Local Bus Routes
As a Councillor nothing makes me happier than scoring a victory for local residents. That’s why I was enormously pleased to run winning campaigns for local buses like the 380 and 381. For many residents these bus services are a lifeline that allow them to socialise and go to the shops or doctor’s.
Safeguarding local jobs
This country faces an uncertain future. I want to be in Parliament to make sure that any Brexit deal the government gets safeguards local jobs. My record on jobs is strong. A few years ago I ran an initiative with Andrew Stunell (our former MP) where we got local businesses to take on over 200 new apprentices in just 100 days.
If I’m not catching up on emails or talking to residents, you might find me heading out for a bit of a walk with my partner Ed. We’re blessed with wonderful countryside and beautiful canals, and we’re so close to the Peaks too.
I’m also a member of the Marple and District WI which is mostly an excuse to meetup, chat to my friends and eat cake.
REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
I started work at 14, as a Saturday girl in the local newsagent and then as a waitress at the local Beefeater pub to help me through university. For most local people I think they want to know their MP will work hard and will fight for them and our area at every opportunity.
From 2001 to 2011 I gained invaluable experience dealing with major international organisations, managing client relations with firms worldwide, and leading training and development. I achieved rapid promotion to Senior Manager and Director level whilst also gaining an Executive MBA.
After a successful ten years in business, I went on to become Chief Executive of a charity, managing a team and £1m budget, screening, selecting and monitoring projects for investment. The charity provides education in health and business skills for young people in Africa and South America.
My skills have been recognized by a number of local organisations as a volunteer and as a Councillor.
I’m a Director at Stockport Credit Union - we provide a local alternative to payday lenders and loan sharks.
I’m a trustee and volunteer for the New Horizons canal boat. We provide valuable breaks for disabled people and their families.
I’ve been a school governor now for 13 years. I’m currently a governor at Torkington Primary School where we’re working together as a team to challenge the devastating cuts to school budgets.
As a Councillor I’m on the Education Monitoring Panel, so I get to see first hand many of the difficulties local schools are facing. Over the next few years that’s set to be real-terms cuts of £15million across Stockport’s schools. That’s why we need an MP who puts their money where their mouth is on education.