I was born and raised on Robin Hood Road at the heart of Tuckswood in Lakenham Ward. I am deeply proud to represent and campaign for the community in which I have lived in all my life. After being elected in 2004, I had the honour of serving the city as Lord Mayor of Norwich, following the footsteps of my father, Alan, who was previously Lord Mayor in 1981. Lakenham Ward is made up of different communities across Tuckswood, South Harford, Old Lakenham, Middle Lakenham and New Lakenham. Every community has specific issues and concerns which Labour are aware of and take steps to solve. Investment in our housing stock, improved green spaces, mobile CCTV and safeguarding the community wardens are local improvements Labour has won. Like most parts of Norwich there are areas of Lakenham Ward which suffer from the effects of real deprivation and poverty. I joined Labour to campaign for equality and social justice, so keeping a relentless focus upon tackling poverty in our community remains an absolute priority. Lakenham benefited considerably from the 1997- 2010 Labour government – new schools, SureStart centre, homes and measures to help people living with disadvantage.
The impact of the Tories / Lib Dems since 2010 have been utterly devastating, whether through the enforced academisation of our schools, the impact of the hated Bedroom Tax, or the destruction of our valued public services. The years since 2010 have been tough on Lakenham, but I am proud of our Labour team efforts to continue to fight hard for our community.