I was elected to Parliament on the 6th of May 2010. In Blaenau Gwent we saw a swing to Labour of 29% (the highest in the country) giving the party a majority of 10,516.
In my seven years as an MP I was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, and became a member of the influential Public Accounts Committee, responsible for scrutinizing government spending for value for taxpayer’s money. My main interests in Parliament were home affairs, work and pensions, transport and defence issues.
I have also served as the Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural Affairs, and most recently as an Opposition Whip
I grew up in the constituency on a council estate in Tredegar and went to the local comprehensive school. My family have lived in the area for generations, working in the mines and steel works before they closed.
My last job before entering Parliament was as Director of Policy and Partnerships at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Prior to this I was the Secretary General of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, campaign manager for the NSPCC, and a councillor in the London Borough of Camden.
I am a member of Unite and Community, Fabians and attended Parliament's Tribune Group. I am a former member of the Progress Strategy Group ('12-'14)
In my spare time I enjoy hiking , rugby and reading. I live in Nantyglo.