I was born in the old Grimsby Maternity Hospital and started out on the Nunsthorpe and Grange Estates. I went to local nurseries, schools and the local college. When I am out and about in town for work, dropping my son at school or out shopping I see people that I went to school and grew up with. With your support I will do all I can to help my town, my friends and the people that gave me so much.
Grimsby is the place that I am proud to call home. Grimsby is the place I choose to live and raise my son. Grimsby is my first and only choice to stand as your parliamentary candidate.
My family has a long history in the fishing and docking industry in Grimsby, my uncle is still on the docks. My Great Aunt and Nan entrenched themselves in our community in the cress beds, cooking in Post Office and school kitchens and pulling pints at local pubs across the town. Their commitment to working hard for a fair wage packet and job satisfaction stays with me today.
It is because of this that I believe that everyone should have the right to work. This means flexible and free access to education and training with the opportunity of a job at the end of that. And not just any job, a decent job. A supportive employer that creates jobs with prospects and the possibility of progression. Properly rewarded with job security.
A quarter of young people in Grimsby are not in education, training or work. Those who are will likely leave to find work elsewhere. We need to support and inspire our young people and show them what opportunities there are for them and their future families in Grimsby. We must work together to build these opportunities – opportunities that are being taken away by this Tory Government.
It is important that we remind people that when Labour were in Government, while we didn’t get everything right, Labour succeeded in areas that we could never dare think of before. The minimum wage fundamentally changed the way our country operated. Only because of this achievement are we even able to consider talking about a living wage. The old arguments of it not being affordable and a disaster for small and medium business have already been disproven. Labour must continue to bring forward bold ideas that reflect its socialist democratic values such as the Living Wage and a Jobs Guarantee. It must be bold, it must be radical and commit these ideas into law when it forms its next Government in 2015.
Grimsby needs a candidate and MP who listens to the views of local people, understands what matters and who can take that cause, loudly and proudly, all the way to Westminster. Grimsby is a Labour seat. I will fly the flag for the people, businesses and communities of Grimsby. My proven track record of working with Ministers and MPs demonstrates I will deliver the change that is needed to keep Grimsby Labour.
As a union organiser I operate at grassroots level representing hard working, low paid public sector workers. I have campaigned on important political issues such as zero hours contracts and the living wage and won. Leaders and Chief Executives in York, Doncaster and NE Lincolnshire have listened and ensured that there are no directly employed staff on zero hours contracts and all three have implemented or are committed to implementing the Living Wage. I continue to argue that councils should not stop at half measures, Labour Councils should be radical, be bold and go further – ensure that any contracts awarded include paying the living wage.