I was born in Preston, Lancashire. I attended a state school before becoming the first person in my family to go to university, graduating from the LSE.
Newbury is where I live and work. It’s provided me a career, a new home and endless opportunities – that’s what I want for everyone.
But for too long Newbury has been a Conservative stronghold. This cannot continue as we see sweeping cuts to public services and a crisis of affordability in the housing market.
Newbury needs a truly progressive candidate – one who believes in both a world-beating economy and social justice. I am that candidate.
My family shaped in me the values of hard work, fairness and equality. My mother’s a retired NHS nurse, my father works for a brewery and my stepmother works in a supermarket.
You can rely on me to stand up for all of Newbury, irrespective of income, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We all have a stake in this constituency.
Education has been transformative in my life – as it is for so many others – and its value was always impressed upon me from a young age.
Nothing can replace the formative experience of learning in state schools alongside kids from all walks of life. I am a steadfast believer in non-selective state education that gives every child a chance to fulfill their potential, no matter their background.
My working life
After university I joined Ofcom – the regulator of the communications sector – where I worked in research. Since then, I have joined Vodafone UK, where I work in Corporate & External Affairs.