Pledge 1: I will be a dedicated and accessible MP: active all year round not just at election time.
I am a local man and 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. Because I'm from the area I want the best for the area.
Pledge 2: I will continue to be a strong voice for Sedgefield in Westminster as I have been on education, housing, transport and manufacturing
I have sought to be a strong voice for Sedgefield on many issues that are important to my constituency; speaking up on housing, exploitative employment practices, transport, wind-farms and manufacturing. If re-elected, I will continue to fight Sedgefield's corner as your Member of Parliament and will remain dedicated and accessible to all constituents.
Pledge 3: Supporting growth and business
I am pro-business and pro-fairness, which is why I led the campaign to ensure Hitachi brought their train-building factory to the area, when the Conservative-led Government wanted to abandon the plan. Winning this campaign has ensured that hundreds of highly skilled jobs will come to County Durham. I will always fight for jobs and local businesses in the constituency.
Pledge 4: I will focus my work on the issues which matter most to you: high-quality education, secure well-paid jobs, fair wages and the NHS.
Britain will never succeed if it tries to be with a low wage, low skill economy. The number of people on low-paid, part-time jobs or zero hour contracts has significantly increased under this government. This must end. Labour believe that prosperity must be for the many not the few. We have significant plans to boost private sector growth that will create well paid, high skilled jobs in new industries.
Pledge 5: I will take a responsible and fair approach to the big questions about the economy, public finances and social security.
I will take the decisions necessary to get Britain working for the many, not just for the few. A Labour Government will increase the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour, bring an end to exploitative zero hour contracts and build at least 200,000 new homes a year by 2020. We will also create more apprenticeships, introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee for young people who have been unemployed for over a year and get rid of the costly and failing Bedroom Tax.