I grew up locally by Old Trafford football ground and began my working life serving at the shop counter of a pawn shop, an experience that taught me more about the struggles of life than any degree or qualification ever could. I also worked in call centres, a furniture factory , and as a postwoman before eventually studying to become a solicitor, where, for many years I acted on behalf of NHS Bodies on a range of governance and contractual issues.
I became interested in politics at an early age because I saw the struggles that my parents and other local families faced. I was angry at the inequality and unfairness I had seen and I wanted to do something about it. A society should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable in the community and I believe that we should rebuild a British economy with the welfare of the British people at its very heart. The foundation stones of our economic policy should be prosperity and social justice not greed and despair.
In May 2015 I was honoured to be elected as MP for Salford and Eccles with 49.4% of the vote, and with over 21,000 resident votes I am truly grateful for the support I have received.
In my maiden speech to Parliament I talked about the history of Salford and Eccles and the struggles that the people of Salford, Swinton, Eccles and Pendlebury unfairly face due to a financial crisis they didn't cause. At the same time the Conservative Government turns a blind eye to tax avoidance and hands out tax breaks to millionaires. I told Parliament that this constituency and its people have a proud socialist history, and that I intend to use my time representing them in parliament to fight for them to have a proud, socialist future as well.
In September 2015 I was asked by the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn to become a Shadow Treasury Minister as part of Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell’s team. My role covers a number of areas which I was already interested in including childcare policy, tax credits and child poverty, housing and planning, charities, the voluntary sector and gift aid, environment and transport taxation, North Sea oil, gas and shipping, energy policy and climate change, excise duties, including excise fraud and law enforcement, gambling duties, the Royal Mint, Crown Estate and the Royal Household.
I want people to see their MPs in Westminster as people who really do care about the people and the communities they serve. I want to be an MP who truly represents people who have experienced the same problems I have witnessed and that ordinary people across Salford and Eccles face.
I am a mum, wife, a Man Utd fan (obviously!) and I love star wars (the old ones).