I live in Roker with my family and professionally, I spent over twenty years working in the NHS and Public Health bringing me into contact with the city’s community and voluntary sector, substance misuse agencies and mental health services.

Our public services are crucial and it’s time to call a halt to cuts that impact on our cash-starved health and social care systems and over-stretch Accident & Emergency departments. That’s why I am active with youth and community projects across St Peter’s, committees chaired by Northumbria Police and pressure groups preventing hospital closures.

The Conservative Minority Government consistently fail to provide investment to local small and medium enterprises, manufacturing and house-builders particularly in the North East. That’s why I fully support Labour’s Industrial Strategy which includes regional banks and real plans to create a prosperous economy with real jobs.