Pledge 1 – Always putting Newcastle North first

I’ve made five key pledges  for Newcastle North ahead of the General Election on 8th June, and at the top of my list is that I will always put the people of Newcastle North first. You can read more about this below:

Pledge 1 – Always putting the people of Newcastle North first

Newcastle North is my home.  It’s where I was born, where I grew up and where I’m now raising my own young family – and I’ve had the absolute privilege of representing our area in Parliament over the last seven years.

Since first being elected in 2010, I’ve worked hard to be an open, accessible, responsive and pro-active MP. That’s because my number one priority has always been getting out and about to listen to people, businesses and community organisations across the whole of Newcastle North: to effectively represent their concerns both locally and nationally – and to support those who have needed my help, in any way I can.

Over that time, I’ve been contacted by around 15,000 local people seeking my assistance to resolve a problem, or who have wanted to raise concerns with me about local or national policies.

I hope that I have provided a first class service to Newcastle North’s residents and organisations as their voice and champion in Parliament – whether to the local school pupils whose concerns I’ve taken to the Prime Minister; to the many hundreds of local residents for whom I’ve helped get a bad decision overturned; to the Newcastle North businesses I’ve supported to grow and create good new jobs; to the thousands of local women I’ve fought for after their State Pension age was unfairly raised; or to the many local community groups I’ve been actively involved with over the last seven years…to give just some examples.

I’ve also worked hard to stand up for the people of Newcastle North, fighting to protect our community against deep Tory cuts – campaigning for an end to the unfair and disproportionate budget cuts imposed on Newcastle City Council; Northumbria Police, local schools, and the unacceptable pressure on our local NHS over the last seven years.

And I never fail to seize an opportunity to shout up about what a great place Newcastle North is to live, work, visit and do business – and about what local people and organisations think could be done to make it better.

I believe Newcastle North needs a strong, locally-rooted MP who is fiercely proud of our area – and with a proven track record of being prepared to stand up for what is right for local people, as I’ve done since 2010.

You have my word that this will never change, and that I will always put the people of Newcastle North first.