I entered politics, becoming a North Kincardine councillor in 2012, to make a difference. As a teacher and a parent, I could see that we need to change our education system so that all children can have every opportunity to achieve at school and then in their individual path through Further or Higher Education. Many children currently experience barriers to effective learning and Labour’s Fair Start Fund will help to pull these down. I recognise the importance of supporting families with affordable and accessible child-care and the need to value the staff who provide this.
Along with Labour colleagues in the North-East, I will work for a fair deal for NHS Grampian so that the current recruitment problems can be overcome and the best service, including a Trauma Centre, can be delivered to residents. Labour is committed to properly supporting our health and social care employees, including all those who work as home carers.
The crisis in oil and gas is creating huge local challenges, and I want to contribute to a government which recognises the importance of using creative solutions to support a full range of jobs in the North-East. These must be jobs which respect and develop the work-force and which see the end to the exploitative zero-hours contracts which many people, including young workers, currently suffer.
I know our region is crying out for a bold plan to tackle the housing crisis: Labour has listened and, given your support, will act.