It is an honour to be the Labour candidate for this crucial by-election where I live. West Cumbria is my home and it’s where I raised my family. It has given me, my husband and two wonderful children so many opportunities.
I want to be your MP because I want to make sure that we get the best deal for Cumbria. We need to secure jobs for the future at Moorside and we need to protect our NHS for future generations.
My husband works in the nuclear sector, so I know how important the industry is to thousands of Cumbrians. I’m pro-nuclear. No ifs. No buts. Moorside is a fantastic opportunity and I will make sure our community gets what it deserves.
But to ensure that Cumbria gets what it needs, we need to make sure that the Government properly invests in West Cumbria. We need to invest in our roads and rail, plus better broadband and phone signal. Most importantly of all, we need to invest in the NHS, not cut it to the bone, as the Tories currently plan to.
As a former hospital doctor I have been part of the campaign against the proposed cuts to West Cumberland Hospital’s A&E, children’s ward and the maternity wing, as well as the cutting of beds in Keswick Hospital.
I have made the 40 mile journey to Carlisle as a blue-light ambulance driver. I know how long that journey can take. I know how dangerous it is forcing expectant mothers to travel for over an hour from West Cumberland to Carlisle hospital.
The Tories want to cut the NHS and aren’t investing in the community. Only a vote for Labour will send a message that it’s unacceptable. This campaign is a choice between allowing the Tories to strip NHS services away from Copeland or sending them a message that it’s unacceptable.