I joined Labour because I care about my community and love the city of Norwich. Wensum Ward, where I live and was elected to represent in May, is a beautiful part of the city, but also one which is afflicted by significant problems of poverty, poor quality private rented sector housing, speeding traffic and anti-social behaviour in certain areas. In North Earlham and Marlpit the rates of child poverty are staggering and shameful. In the heart of Wensum, on the Henderson Business Park, we have a foodbank which since 2010 has grown expediential, as poverty, low pay and the consequence of the venomous Tory/Lib Dem attacks on local people has mounted.
Locally, Labour has a strong record. Vast investment in housing improvements, the SureStart centre and money for schools before 2010 helped many in the community. But the period of the last five years have been exceptionally tough as services and support have been cut away. I will work hard, with our new Labour MP Clive Lewis, to fight to get the best deal for Wensum.