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I have been passionate about politics ever since I was a child. I studied Politics at ‘A’ Level and achieved an A, I then went on to university and achieved a BA Hons 2.1 in Politics and Political History.
I have been a councillor since December 2000 and to be honest I have loved every minute of it, the lows and the highs. I spent my first 18 months on the backbenches building upon my academic studies by learning the machinery of local government with a specific onus on housing as almost all of the properties in White Hart Lane ward are residential. Since then I have had a year in the Executive and have now found my niche in scrutiny.
I use every opportunity to engage with the public and to help them in any way I can, from karaoke in local pubs to knocking on doors.
My reason for being in politics can be summed up in one memorable phrase, ‘what’s the point of being in politics if you can’t stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves’.

what’s the point of being in politics if you can’t stand up for the people who can’t stand up for themselves
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"I am pleased to be involved with Mental Health services at a local level. " South Tyneside Council

Mental Health Facts

Mental ill health affects us all

  • One in five of us has a mental health condition at any one time.
  • Around half of people with lifetime mental health problems experience the first symptoms before the age of 14.
  • Only a quarter of people with a mental health condition receive any treatment for it.
  • Nine out of ten people in prison have at least one mental health problem. Almost a quarter of prisoners have a mental illness that requires specialist treatment.
  • Mental ill health has an economic and social cost of £105bn a year.
  • Mental illness accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.
  • Untreated mental ill health adds around £10 billion a year to the cost of physical health care for people with long-term conditions.
  • People with severe and enduring mental health conditions die on average 20 years earlier than those without.
So take a proactive approach and promote mental health across your area
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Centre for Mental Health
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