I have been your Member of Parliament since 2007 and I am seeking re-election on May 7th to continue to represent the place I have always lived.
My local roots run deep. I was brought up in Trimdon and attended Sedgefield comprehensive school. My father was a miner down Fishburn colliery for many years and my children were educated at Woodham Community School in Newton Aycliffe.
I worked as a civil servant with National Savings in Durham from 1978 to 1987 before going to work for Sedgefield's previous MP, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, as his researcher based in his constituency office in Sedgefield.
Because I'm from the area I want the best for the area. That is why I led the campaign to ensure Hitachi built their train-building factory in Newton Aycliffe when the Conservative-led coalition threatened to pull the plug. That is why I want the best for our children and supported the successful bid for a University Technical College in South Durham, the first in the North East, to give young people the skills for the future.That is why I will campaign to seek the abolition of the Bedroom Tax, support better rural transport and oppose unsustainable development around our communities.
The Conservatives have cut taxes for millionaires, but still we see the rise in food banks. Hardworking families are being hit by a cost-of-living crisis and I meet people every day who tell me their living standards are not improving.
Yet Hitachi's train building factory will bring hundreds of well-paid jobs to the area and generate thousands more in the supply chain. All because of our hard work. I want to continue to raise the aspirations of local people. Sedgefield constituency has one of the largest industrial estates in the North East. I want to see it thrive and I will continue to be pro-business and pro-fairness so that everyone benefits.
We can achieve more together than we ever could alone and with your support I want to continue to help local people to do their best for their families and community.