It is an absolute honour to be elected to represent Colne Valley – the constituency where I live, and where I raised my children, who were both educated at local schools. I love the people and the place. Our valleys are an area with a proud history – and a bright future.
I have lived in Colne Valley for most of my life. I’m married to Labour Councillor Rob Walker and my working life has been in teaching. I’ve worked in a number of Kirklees schools, three of which are in the Colne Valley constituency.
But we have been short-changed under this government, with local schools facing cuts and academisation, GP practices under threat, our local council slashed repeatedly, our A&E potentially closing and our roads falling to pieces.
I will fight this Tory government, standing up for every single town, village, street, and resident.
My priorities are:
A fully funded NHS and social care service. Improvements – not cuts – for local hospitals, GP practices, paramedics and pharmacies.
Returning our schools to local authority control and halting the Tory grammar school plans. Stop harmful cuts to school budgets and provide a free school meal for every child in primary school.
A sensible Brexit deal that protects our economy and local jobs, not a hard Brexit which sacrifices your living standards and rights.
Provision of decent private and public housing in our area. Tackle climate change and introduce tough clean air policies.
Build a local economy that provides good job opportunities for all. Restore decent wages with a £10/hour living wage. End zero hours contracts.
Since becoming an MP I am proud to have been elected to the Education Select Committee, and have joined the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Fairtrade, and State Pension Age Inequality.