I’m fifty next year. I was born in 1974, just up the river in Erith. Since the 1970s, Labour have only taken Rochester & Strood back from the Tories once, in 1997.
For the vast majority of my life the Tories have held all the constituencies in the area and it has allowed them to pretend that only they speak for the people of North West Kent. That is simply not true. I’m determined to fight for – and win – Rochester & Strood for Labour, so that the people here who are crying out for a Labour government will be properly represented for the first time in years in Westminster.
I’m standing to be your candidate for Rochester & Strood because I have the right skills, energy and experience to win here for Labour.
Growing up less than twenty miles away along the A2, and with family living here, Medway has always been an important part of my life. I still have a big scar from when I was 8 and broke my arm in Chatham, and was treated in a local hospital. A few years later I paid that debt back to the NHS by becoming a nurse myself. That lifetime commitment to the NHS is one of my biggest motivations for becoming an MP.
I’ve now worked in the NHS for over a quarter of a century. Thousands of different, precious moments with patients and staff inform who I am today.
I saw the NHS improve by leaps and bounds after Labour won in 1997, so it is heartbreaking to see it more run down than ever today. For the last five years I have worked at national level on NHS policy, developing and delivering programmes to address the biggest challenges the NHS faces, striving to improve quality of care and the experience of my colleagues at all levels. I have learnt how to make change and improvement happen, and with time spent on secondment to Whitehall, I can bring real insights as an MP into how Labour can be successful when we win.