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My Priorities for Hexham

See my pledges and priorities for Hexham below.

My Plan for Hexham

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Cutting the cost of living

Times have been tough for too long under the Tories. I want to bring down local energy bills and cut the cost of the weekly shop. I will fight to make sure that food on the table isn't a struggle for people in our area.

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Boosting our economy

I have a record of protecting jobs, including well-paid manufacturing jobs here in the North East. I believe Northumberland can and must be at the heart of Labour’s policy to ‘buy, make and sell more in Britain’. 

3

Fighting the climate crisis

I don't just want to be our first Labour MP. I want to be our first MP that puts Net Zero at the heart of every vote I cast and every decision I make. I'll fight to decarbonise our economy and bring good, green jobs to our region.

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Protecting the NHS and addressing the social care crisis

The NHS was the envy of the world in 2010, when the Tories took office. It isn’t anymore. It’s been starved of funding, staff have been driven away and the current government – which our local MP happily serves as a minister in – has been asleep at the wheel on social care.

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Breaking down barriers to opportunity across our region

I went through the schools in Hexham – from the Sele to Hexham Middle School to Queen Elizabeth High School. I got a fantastic education from brilliant teachers, but that’s not guaranteed under the Conservatives.

My Vision for Hexham

Hexham is my home. It's where I grew up and where three generations of my family call home. I know what makes our community great, and I know the challenges we face. 

Increasingly unaffordable our unavailable housing, a rural cost of living crisis and a lack of good jobs that promise a future for our young people. We've seen our community taken for granted by the Conservatives for decades. 

I want to see our communities thriving, with housing available for local people, good jobs available, our countryside & our planet being protected. We deserve an MP who is the most accessible to represent Hexham in Parliament. That's what I'll be.

My pledges are what I will prioritise as your MP, but I will never lose sight of our community. To be the MP for where I grew up would be the greatest honour of my life. In the months leading up to the election, I look forward to speaking with as many people across our constituency as possible.

Pledges

Cut the cost of living in Northumberland and the North East

​Across Northumberland and the North East, we’re being hit hard by energy bills – we’ll bring down bills by creating Great British Energy, a new public-owned company that will harness cheap, homegrown renewable power.

 

Whether it’s the cost of the weekly shop, spiralling mortgage costs or rising fuel bills, the Conservative cost of living crisis is being fuelled by the Tory housing crisis. I’ll cut the cost of living and get us building the homes we need to address the housing shortages that hold our area back.

Improve the economy of our region

Businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, but the Conservatives can’t match the aspiration or ambition of the North East. I used to work in the steel sector, where I worked to protect jobs, securing outcomes that put both businesses and workers first.  

After thirteen years of chaos and instability, the Conservatives have left Britain weaker and working  people worse off. Northumberland and the North East cannot afford another five years of the Conservatives.

Labour’s plan for the economy is about investing in Britain so we can make, buy and sell more here at home. I’ll fight to make sure the next generation of green jobs is brought to Northumberland and the North East.

Our region deserves investment – investment that will grow our economy and deliver jobs and prosperity from Ponteland to Prudhoe, Hexham to Haltwhistle and Wark to Walbottle.

Fight the climate crisis - while protecting our countryside

Protecting our planet and our environment goes hand in hand with protecting our countryside. We need to protect our landscape while protecting the future of our planet. We need an MP who is fighting for a decarbonised economy that means good jobs throughout our region.

We deserve better public transport links, a clean River Tyne and support for our farmers to cut our reliance on foreign food imports. I’ll put our environment at the heart of everything I do.

I don’t just want to be Hexham’s first Labour MP, but the first MP for Hexham to put fighting the climate crisis at the centre of my agenda.

Protect our NHS and address the crisis in social care

The NHS was the envy of the world in 2010, when the Tories took office. It isn’t anymore. It’s been starved of funding, staff have been driven away and the current government – which our local MP happily serves as a minister in – has been asleep at the wheel on social care.

NHS waiting lists have trebled since the Conservatives came to power 13 years ago. Rishi Sunak’s pledge to cut waiting lists has effectively been abandoned, with the Prime Minister’s choosing to blame NHS staff instead of fixing the problem himself. An extra million patients are on waiting lists compared to this time last year, forced to put their lives on hold, in pain and discomfort.

I lost my grandfather late in 2022. My grandma now needs to access social care – I want to reduce the pressure on the NHS by making sure that our social care system is fit for purpose, and that carers are valued more.

Break down barriers to opportunity across our region

I went through the schools in Hexham – from the Sele to Hexham Middle School to Queen Elizabeth High School. I got a fantastic education from brilliant teachers, but that’s not guaranteed anymore.

From Conservative sums that don’t add up costing our local schools millions to a childcare system that means in one of the richest countries in the world, it’s not viable for someone to go to work, it’s simple: a century of Conservative MPs have failed Hexham.

I will raise standards across Northumberland and across country, deliver reforms to childcare and education and bring in breakfast clubs to all primary school age children, deliver a world class teacher in every classroom and that they have appropriate support staff, help reform our curriculum so it’s fit for purpose in the modern world and expand our apprenticeships and skills training – so everyone leaving school can find a job that suits them.

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