I am so proud to be standing as Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Corby and East Northamptonshire. This is where I grew up and the place I will always call home.
It was a privilege to stand at the 2017 snap General Election. I hope that with more time to campaign and to listen to local views, next time enough people in this constituency will vote for me to represent my own community and the place I love in Westminster.
27,000 people voted for me and Labour in 2017 – that is more than in any election here in 20 years. I am sorry it wasn’t quite enough, none the less, there was a brilliant, grassroots campaign with a fantastic team of volunteers that we can be extremely proud of. In less than six weeks we had hand delivered in excess of 100,000 leaflets, knocked on thousands of doors, and hundreds of local people got involved in politics for the first time. The Conservatives thought they would walk that election but we came within a whisker of winning here. Next time we must finish the job, win Corby and East Northamptonshire, and get a Labour Government to save our vital public services.
I feel passionately about stopping the destruction of our public services like the NHS, our schools and children’s centres that this Conservative Government have overseen for the past 8 years. These cuts hit some of the most needy in our society and stifle the education aspirations of the next generation. I do not think this is fair or a long term solution. Instead, I would like to see the government clamping down on tax evasion, ensuring hugely profitable companies pay their fair share in tax so we can properly fund our public services.
Whenever the next election may be, I want to ensure I fully understand the local issues across the breadth of this constituency, from Kingswood to Kings Cliffe and Rowlett to Raunds. I am already involved with a number of campaign groups who are rightly concerned by the crisis at Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council and what this will mean for our rural bus services, social care and libraries. I am also working hard to fight for the best possible outcome for residents’ access to the Urgent Care Centre.
I would love to know more about what you would like to see from me as your prospective MP so please get in touch.