It’s time to work together for a better Peterborough
Peterborough is a proud working city. We work hard. We’ve got common sense. But for too many people, life is getting tougher.
One of the things I hear most often is ‘it’s just not working’ – whether that’s trying to get a doctor’s appoint or get on the housing ladder, dealing with anti-social behaviour or finding a good, secure and well-paying job.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We need a new plan for Peterborough. That’s why I am bringing people together from across the city to build a different kind of politics – where we work together to fix problems
My values come from my parents: Mum was a cleaner and Dad was a car factory worker. They taught me that hard work matters and that there should be no barriers to working class families getting on in life.
Growing up in nearby Milton Keynes, I saw the new town promise of good jobs, decent housing and a great place to live sold short by a Conservative government, just like here in Peterborough.
That upbringing made education a passion for me. I was the first of my family to go to college and know the value of good schools to getting on in life. When my brother died in 2016, following an accident, I dedicated myself to fighting for better skilled jobs and apprenticeships, and against unsafe, insecure work.
I’ve had a career helping people to get on at work and in life. Success means being pro-worker and pro-business. I helped lead the successful campaign to introduce universal free school meals and have been a foodbank volunteer. Today, I work for a union helping people get better skills and jobs.