It is a great privilege to be the Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for my home town of Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes is a great place to live, but we could be achieving so much more.
I loved growing up in Milton Keynes. I attended local schools before successfully getting a place at university, the first of my family to do so. Education is an important issue for me: ensuring that we have enough school places as a growing city; improving school standards; and expanding vocational training.
Milton Keynes was built on the premise that continued growth would be supported by the schools, childcare places, GP surgeries and infrastructure we need. But that compact is falling apart under the Conservative led government with resources falling behind the pace of growth. I will work with local businesses and community groups to get the infrastructure we need to support a growing population.
My passion is the environment and energy issues. We need to learn to live in balance with the world around us. I have taken this passion throughout my professional career working as a policy advisor, working at the Greater London Authority, as a trade union official and now as a consultant. My work in London means I am regular train user with all the pain and cost it often brings.