Norwich City Councillor for University Ward
2021 local election statement:
I’m Emma and I am standing to be your next Norwich City Councillor for University ward.
I moved to Norwich in 2012 to study towards a chemistry degree at the University of East Anglia and have lived here ever since. For the last five years I have been working as a caseworker in the Norwich South constituency office: meaning I have experience in advocating for local residents and helping to resolve their issues. I have also previously served as a Norwich City Councillor for Nelson ward (where I used to live).
During my time on Norwich City Council, I sat on audit and scrutiny committees and sustainable development panel. I was also ‘youth champion’ (as the youngest serving councillor at the time), and I shadowed the council housing portfolio. This gave me a valuable insight into both how the Council manages its existing homes and is striving to build new ones.
Locally, I have worked with the University ward Labour team on a number of campaigns, including to save local pharmacies and tackle rogue landlords. Before lockdown, I was joining the University Labour councillors on the doorstep every week to find out about the local issues that matter to you. All the while we haven’t been able to knock on doors, I have been phoning round University residents to try and talk to as many of you as possible during this challenging time. If elected as your next Labour councillor, I would continue to reach out and listen to what residents say and will be a strong voice for you on Norwich City Council.
Outside of politics, I am studying part-time towards a degree in Maths and Physics with the Open University and am chair of the OU Film and Cinema Club. I also enjoy reading and – in normal times! – watching theatre and live music.