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“I grew up on a council estate in the West Midlands, attending the local state schools. At 18, I fell in love with Bournemouth and moved here to to do voluntary work. For many years I worked on the front line with children, young people and adults experiencing poverty, homelessness, addiction and domestic violence in our town. I have always privately rented and supplemented my income working for local businesses: experience which I share with many in Bournemouth, where housing costs are higher and wages lower than the national average.
I attended Birmingham City University at 31, becoming the second woman in the world to gain a first class honours degree in Horology. My career has given me insight into the need for greater availability of quality apprenticeships to renew our skilled craft and trade workforce.
I’ve campaigned on climate change, animal rights, human rights and inequality since I was 6 years old and my desire to fight such injustice has never faded. As a working class woman, I believe in the need for a truly representative parliament, with the diversity of background and experience to serve the many, not the privileged few”.
“I was born in Boscombe Hospital in 1961. I studied at Poole College, before Hatfield Polytechnic where I gained an HND in Civil Engineering and returned to live in Bournemouth with my wife and children in 1997.
I joined the Bournemouth Labour Party in 1978 and have over 40 years’ experience of campaigning for human rights, housing, the NHS, progressive green policies and the strengthening of workers’ rights. My personal values echo the sentiments of “equality and social justice for all”, which the Labour Party represents.
I have stood in local and parliamentary elections, and in the last General Election achieved the highest ever vote share for Labour in my constituency.
We need progressive change to move on from failed austerity measures and devastating cuts to public services. With effective socialist policies in place, we can rebuild this beautiful country and prioritise services such as the NHS again.
I have believed in equality, social justice, fairness and freedom all my life. I am proud to be a Labour supporter and I love this town”.
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Austerity at a glance
1. Shelter November 2018 press release
2. Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year.
3. A report by The Children’s Society
4. Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis. A report published by BMJ
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