Thank you to everyone who voted for me in 2018 – I won my seat on Redditch Borough Council by just one single vote, proving that every vote really does count and that YOU really can make a difference.
Growing up, our household was staunch Labour. My mother held many part-time jobs whilst juggling childcare, including cleaning and those door-to-door catalogue companies. She did this until she suffered several strokes in the 1990s, leaving her permanently disabled both physically and mentally whilst all 3 of us children were still at school. My father was a HGV driver until his death in 2004 from lung cancer when I was aged just 21. It wasn’t the easiest start in life – far from it.
As I started to make my own way in the world as a young adult I started to question more the political principles that surrounded my childhood. There was always a bitter jealousy of people who had more money than us (of which there were many) as ‘snobby’, and this never sat easy with me. There had to be more to it than that, and over time I discovered that a large part of Labour-oriented politics is around scapegoating and dividing people against each other along class or monetary lines.