I couldn’t be more proud to be Labour’s candidate in Barnsley East. The Tories have never looked after Barnsley, they have no idea what real life is like for people here.
They have no idea what it’s like to worry about paying the bills, to sit on NHS waiting lists for weeks wondering when you’ll be treated or fret about how to care for a loved one as the social care system crumbles around us.
I will fight to save our NHS, for decent wages, good jobs for local people so that no one in Barnsley East has to struggle to get by or get on in life.
Every day I see the damage done to working people by this Tory government. As a former teacher and current trade union official, I understand the real life cost of needless cuts, of insecure jobs that don't pay a decent wage and of the failure to invest in British industry. It doesn't have to be this way. That's why I'm standing to be the MP for Barnsley East.
I grew up in the industrial West Midlands. For generations my family worked in factories where the work was hard, but the jobs secure and pay decent. You knew your kids would be able to find a job, you more of less knew what you'd get paid and what hours you'd work (unless you wanted overtime). Many of those jobs have vanished and been replaced by insecure, low paid agency work. I know that's a familiar story to people in Barnsley.
It's not good enough.
As our MP, I will fight each and every day for people here. I'll fight for well funded NHS and social care system, for good wages, better jobs, training opportunities for our young people that lead to decent work and decent life, for more and better housing and an end to migrant workers being used to undercut the pay, terms and conditions of local people. Big companies who keep people in a constant state of insecurity just to serve their own bottom line will hear loud and clear from me that it's simply not on.
This will be a short campaign. I'm out knocking on doors and speaking to people, I want to hear from you. If you'd like to let me know what issues you want Labour and your MP to tackle, please get in touch. You can email me at email@example.com.