It is the greatest honour of my life to be elected as the Labour MP for Nottingham East – born and bred in this city, made by this city. I am inspired by the people I have met and the communities who have fought back against the onslaught of Tory cuts.
The socialist movement that has grown within the Labour Party in the past four years is deeply moving, and I am honoured to be a part of that, too.
This movement exists because whole sections of our society have realised that they are fighting a battle of life and death. We know what this Tory government will do – it means deaths in our hospitals, deaths on our streets and deaths from hopelessness. As your MP, I pledge myself to the resistance, on the side of the millions against this millionaires’ agenda – and I call on everyone to join that resistance.
Join a union.
Get ready to defend your local services.
Get ready to mobilise.
Get ready for the fight of our lives, not just at the ballot box but in the streets and on the picket lines.
The days of free market, pro-war politics are over in Nottingham East, and in the Labour Party. I will be a new kind of MP. All across the Western world – from New York to right here in Nottingham – a new generation of progressive, radical politicians are taking centre stage. We are working class, we are women of colour, we know what it feels like to be oppressed and exploited and to be the victim of hate crime. We know this isn’t a game – not for us, not for all of you, not like it is for Boris Johnson.
Before my election, I was a hate crime worker in Nottingham, and prior to that a care worker whilst I studied for my law degree at the University of Nottingham. I was brought up in a single-parent, second-generation immigrant household and I lived all over Nottingham: West Bridgford, the Meadows, Top Valley. It was the Bedroom Tax that drove me to join the fightback against the Tory government – because I saw that austerity was ripping apart our communities and wreaking devastation on the lives of my neighbours, family, and friends. As an MP, I intend to continue that fight.