I'm motivated to fight for Labour values due to my background Craig Gamble Pugh
I grew up in the midlands: Dad striking at Chrysler in Coventry, Mum working in the hosiery factories. I was the first in the family to go to University, but immediately, the Tory government began to dismantle the Free Education funding regime that had given me this opportunity. That’s when I realised this was the same party who put Dad out of work by decimating manufacturing, the same government who had taken my school milk away. I became a student union activist, leading the local Campaign for Free Education. I fought for LGBT rights and against racism.
By 1996, it was clear there was only one thing for a socialist to do, and I joined the Labour Party.
My work life in Community Development and adult education took me into the heart of South Yorkshire’s communities. I saw first hand the devastating legacy of the 80s and 90s Tory government- steel and mining communities crushed, schools and infrastructure crumbling.
Between 2012 and 2017 we adopted our 4 children, who are now aged between 8 and 13.
In 2016 I was elected as a city councillor and also became an assistant cabinet member co-ordinating the Green City strategy for decarbonisation.
Since 2018 I have been a board member, and currently Co-Chair, of Sheffield Climate Alliance. My belief is that we cannot achieve social and economic justice without also tackling climate justice, and I believe the Labour Party needs to pursue a Green New Deal.
I am currently a Student Nurse studying an MSc in Mental Health Nursing.