I was born and brought up on the Heartsease estate in Crome Ward so it is a special honour to serve the community in which I still live. Crome Ward is a great community, but like anyway in Norwich it is a ‘tale of two cities’ with areas of real deprivation beside relative affluence. My role as a Labour City Councillor is to keep a relentless focus upon both serving the community and ensuring we keep delivering practical improvements and real changes. New council homes, social housing and investment in our parks and green spaces, particularly in Pilling Park have been all good local examples of Labour community campaigning. As a teacher I know that the importance of education in Crome remains paramount for families living locally. I have grave concerns at the way in which this Tory / Lib Dem government have disposed of local authority maintained schools and transferred these, often without proper community consultation, into the arms of undemocratic and remote ‘academies’. Maintaining a close eye on these changes and working with the Crome Labour team to protect the services which the community rely upon remains crucial.
Lastly, I am proud to have played a leading role in the Norwich Living Wage Group. The Living Wage campaign is about employers, employees, campaigners and communities coming together to build a stronger, fairer economy from the bottom up. Employers have found that paying the Living Wage can make good business sense, generating savings by boosting productivity and morale. Our campaign across Norwich is growing in strength and influence, and I very much look forward to working with all concerned to develop this further.