Candidate for Newport Pagnell South Ward
I was born and raised in Newport Pagnell, living here until emigrating to Australia with my family at age fifteen. Although an invaluable experience, I never truly felt at home and in 2010 after seven years away I chose to return to the town I love.
Following the financial crash it was a difficult time all round and I struggled to find work, eventually becoming homeless and having to sleep rough. Luckily I only had to endure this hardship for a couple of months before I was fortunate enough to be offered a room at the Giffard Park Housing Co-operative, a local provider of social housing.
The Co-op not only gave me somewhere to live but also enabled me to help others in a similar situation by serving as its Chair. This taught me how important a supportive community is to the poorest in our society. In our community we have experienced first-hand the effects Tory austerity and their brutal cuts to vital public services.
I decided to join the Labour Party and be a part of this exciting, transformative movement to change society for the better. In the Milton Keynes Labour Party, I was welcomed by a diverse community of people bonded by their shared values and commitment to help those who need it most.
I am proud of our council’s record of standing up to Tory cuts. Spending £700,000 in tackling the Tory homeless crisis and setting aside £500k for street cleaning and improving our city. Despite the attacks from Central Government, Labour are investing in our communities. That’s why I’m proud to be standing as your Labour candidate for Newport Pagnell South.