This article is one of a series as part of WriteYou's coverage of Manchester Gorton, you can see the coverage here. Help WriteYou grow by supporting our powerful platform for independent fearless non partisan journalism here.
I am an ordinary Labour Party activist from the North West of England. I grew up in Accrington and went to the local school. My mum was a care assistant, and my dad worked as an industrial chemist in a factory just outside Bury. I have family in and around Manchester, Bury, Ramsbottom and Radcliffe. I come up to campaign regularly across the region – fighting to keep Copeland, as well as supporting ordinary candidates for local councils on the doorstep.
But I know that being local is not enough, and over the next few days I’ll be outlining my vision for the Labour Party, the values we should be prioritising in the country, and for Gorton.
As a teacher, I feel a real anger at the cuts to education that the Tories are making.
As a former children’s support worker, I feel angry at the cuts to social services departments that the Tories are forcing on councils; an impact I’ve seen first-hand as a local councillor.
As someone who lived in Syria for my year abroad at university, I am outraged at the government’s approach to the refugee crisis. Helping in the jungle in Calais, before its irresponsible destruction, I was moved and angered by the stories of the inhumane treatment of migrants simply seeking a better life.