I was born in Lancashire before moving to rural Cumbria as a child and I have lived just a mile outside the Constituency for the last 13 years. I live with my husband and children and work with families to support them through serious mental illness.
After leaving school at 15, I worked for many years in catering. This experience of low pay, hard work and poor conditions is part of what drives me to be part of the Labour movement. Growing up in a rural area has given me an understanding of the specific needs of rural villages and small towns. Now living in a city, I can represent both urban and rural areas.