Welcome to my website
As Vice Chair and Campaign Coordinator for Northeast Hertfordshire CLP, I was delighted with our results across North Herts District Council. We took a ward in Letchworth and took control of Letchworth Area Committee. We took another ward in Hitchin (where I was the parliamentary candidate in 2015) and took control of Hitchin Area Committee. We saw dramatic swings to Labour in a number of wards.
But I was born in Nuneaton and my family is from Copeland. So I know we have our work cut out to win power in parliament.
We need to take our policy-making process out of SW1A and our political conferences out of WC1B and closer to the people whose support we need to win. Good policymaking starts on the doorstep listening to the complexities of people’s lives and we need practical solutions that will deliver real and lasting transformation for their families and communities.
But, above all, voters on Keir Hardie Avenue are looking to us to defeat the Tories and reverse their policies in parliament. We cannot let them down.
Rugby is my dad’s religion. But his is a working class faith. He had grown up on the old West Cumberland Coalfield where every pit village had a rugby club – of one code or another. He was hewn from the same rock as the men who, having finished an early shift at the coal face, would walk to the rugby ground to play a game. Men whose toughness on the pitch was matched only by their courage working in some of the most dangerous mines in Europe.
In August 1977, my parents participated in a teaching exchange to Coon Rapids Senior High School in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis. Dad had wanted to head to one of the coasts – as that was where the rugby was. But having been billeted to the Midwest, he found the rugby club and their captain arranged to meet them at the airport. (more…)