About Me

I have been an active campaigner for fairness, equality and social justice all my life. I’ve always been passionate about ensuring everyone gets their voice heard – from my early years as a member of the UK Youth Parliament, campaigning for women’s rights at University and fighting for workers’ rights to fair pay.

I joined the Labour Party when I was 16 and I have been an active Labour party campaigner ever since, fighting in local, general and European elections across the UK. I’ve worked hard for the party in many roles – including as a Councillor in Liverpool, Secretary of my local branch and Women’s Officer of my Labour Group.

I first stood for election in my local ward in 2008 and, in 2012, I was elected as a councillor. I have worked hard ever since to be a strong voice, representing my residents and supporting the agenda of the Labour Group on Liverpool City Council to protect the most vulnerable.

In 2014 I was appointed as a Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, and in 2016 I was promoted to Cabinet Member for Community and Neighbourhoods, where I oversaw the development of a Domestic Abuse strategy, instigated a new approach to community cohesion and chaired the Citysafe Board which provided funding to local groups to improve community safety.

I was appointed as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside in 2017 and am proud of my achievements. Unfortunately, while I felt there was much I could still give to the role, I made the decision to resign from the role when Jane Kennedy left the Labour Party. It is vital that Merseyside has a Labour Commissioner speaking on behalf of the public. I am the only candidate with the knowledge and experience to fulfil that role.

I have a particular passion for tackling violence against women and girls and this was a key area of focus during my time as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. I developed a scheme to engage employers in tackling domestic abuse, re-launched the modern slavery and trafficking network and initiated a project to investigate experiences of sexual violence across Merseyside.

In addition to this, I successfully lobbied for all police staff to be paid the living wage, developed an action plan to better support women offenders and deputised for the PCC in all national meetings regarding victims’ services.