It is the greatest honour to represent everybody in Stroud, the Valleys and Vale as your Member of Parliament.
We have the best place to live with the most creative and innovative people and businesses.
I sought election with clear commitments to champion further education, advocate for Stroud businesses, develop transport links, protect our environment, assist families, improve health and social care and support the police.
I enjoy living in the Frampton on Severn area. My husband and I adore our energetic daughter, who was born in Gloucester Royal hospital in 2020 (following a lot of help from the Stroud maternity team!). We are expecting our second child in summer 2022.
Growing up in North Yorkshire, I was a free school meal kid, state school educated and I left home very young. After getting a job as a legal secretary I worked my way up to qualify as a solicitor specialising in family law without attending university.
After 17 years in law, I decided to pursue a career in policy and politics. This decision led to work as Head of Policy for a fabulous charity called OnePlusOne who are experts in strengthening relationships. I also served as a ward councillor for the Conservatives and as a School governor.
The politics of politics and daily dramas in Westminster frustrate me to be honest. I stood for election as I believe this job has the power to change lives and get things done. I enjoy meeting people, public service and problem solving so the often unseen daily work of an MP is a gift.
The global pandemic, war in Ukraine and the subsequent cost of living pressures are of course not something that any new MP expects to deal with but my team and I have worked hard to meet these challenges.
In addition, following constituents bringing concerns to me, I have successfully campaigned against anonymous abuse online, to change policy at Legoland to improve access for disabled children, set up a Wetlands APPG with the WWT Slimbridge team, removed daft rules for small businesses in the wedding sector, changed the legislation on pet theft, secured grants for local businesses, raised thousands of pounds to investigate reopening Bristol Road Stonehouse station, ensured the government put Further Education and skills at the heart of its education strategy and secured a Natural History climate change GCSE amongst many other things.
This is however only a small snapshot of some of the things I am doing for Stroud, the Valleys and Vale.
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