When my parents came to this country, they had everything thrown at them. They believed that in society we all look after each other and that if someone fell we should be there to help them stand again.
I remember being told at school that I could not pursue the career I wanted because of who I am and where I was from. That gave me the determination to have my voice heard and that of other young people.
Labour transformed my life. Better school buildings, getting into university and working as a teacher where every child did matter. Sure Start helped me when I needed it most, my daughter getting on the savings ladder with the Child Trust Fund and my late husband receiving outstanding cancer care.
My story will be not that different from the thousands of families in Watford. People who just want the opportunity and chance to do better, to get on.
As a Labour councillor for 8 years, I have helped shape and deliver a Labour Manifesto. With very little, we have been able to create great things. Making a difference to people.
From new council homes, to building new medical centres, special schools and adult education centres. Supporting local businesses, high streets and creating employment opportunities. But more importantly, people have a voice and involvement in the decisions that impact their lives. That is what Labour can do in power.
Our communities need a Labour government. Watford needs a Labour MP. Someone who will fight for its NHS and hospital, for better public transport, for affordable housing and protections for leaseholders.
I work hard for residents. I campaign all year round speaking to voters, addressing their concerns and being their voice. I will be a Labour MP that will work with all our members, our councillors and all communities.
Rest in eternal peace.
A remarkable life dedicated to public service.
Thank you, your Majesty.
Long Live the King.
Sadly wasn't selected on this occasion. Its been a great experience and thank you all who have supported me.
Best of luck to Matthew Turmaine who will turn Watford red! 🌹
Wishing all a blessed Eid