Update: Returning to work
I am excited to be back in Parliament representing the people of Nottingham East. I am feeling well, making strong progress with my recovery and confident that I can now return to work.
I want to thank everyone for their understanding over the last three months. The outpouring of support from so many different quarters was truly humbling – from colleagues checking in on me, to constituents stopping me in the street.
I was particularly heartened by messages from others who have also experienced PTSD. I’m glad that being open about my diagnosis has raised awareness about this condition and has in some small way helped others to talk about their own mental health.
I was privileged to be able to take the time off that I needed for my recovery. But this should be a right for everyone. I look forward to fighting for the changes needed to make this a reality.
While I’ve been away, my office has pulled out all the stops to support constituents – helping families in overcrowded housing, people owed money by the DWP, and constituents with relatives in Afghanistan. I’m pleased to be back at work tackling these important issues and so many more with renewed energy and determination.
It is the greatest honour of my life to be the 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 cuts.
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.
It was the Bedroom Tax that drove me to join the fightback – 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.