You have just been selected as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, what are your priorities and what do you hope to achieve?
I am honoured to have been selected. Jim Dobbin was a passionate and dedicated campaigner and it’s a huge privilege to be asked to follow in his footsteps. My priorities are the NHS, which is not safe in David Cameron’s hands, and to secure a better future for the people of the Heywood and Middleton by working to get decent jobs that pay proper wages into the area.
People clearly feel let down by the Tory government. What can you do to help residents in Heywood and Middleton?
The people of Heywood and Middleton have had a raw deal from this Government. I will work hard to be a passionate representative of this area in Westminster, standing up for people who deserve their voice to be heard. Only Labour has the answers to issues like the cost-of-living crisis which is affecting so many residents here in Heywood and Middleton.
Why should people vote for you?
People face a choice on October 9th. A choice between the Tories and UKIP who care only about handing tax cuts to
millionaires, or a Labour MP who will stand up for them and fight for them in Westminster. I was born and bred in
neighbouring Oldham, and have spent most of my working life in the hospitals serving the population of Heywood &
Middleton. I lived in Middleton for 11 years and I know how hard it can be sometimes to live in an area where unemployment is high and prospects for our young people are not what they should be.
What influenced you to stand as a Parliamentary Candidate for Heywood and Middleton?
A I was a great admirer of the late Jim Dobbin. I met him many times in my role at the NHS and he was always helpful, knowledgeable and really committed to having the best healthcare possible. I was shocked and saddened by his death and it wasn’t an easy decision to make to follow in his footsteps but I decided that I wanted to carry on the great campaigning work the he was doing on the NHS and on employment.
What is the best thing about this area?
That’s easy - it’s the people. Despite this area suffering under Tory cuts there’s still a great sense of community here. I lived in Middleton for 11 years and I know the spirit and quiet determination of the people in this area, and will fight every day for them.
What should the voters in Heywood and Middleton know about you?
I believe passionately in the founding principles of our NHS - free to all at the point of need and will continue to fight against David Cameron’s privatisation of our treasured institution. I am a hard worker with a proven track record. People of Heywood
and Middleton can be assured that I will work tirelessly to get a fair deal for all.