I am proud to work for the constituents of North East Fife and my road into politics has been varied, working within communities in Scotland and serving the public.
I live in Fife with my husband and two children. After studying English at Edinburgh University, I joined the police and served in various roles in Fife and Edinburgh for 12 years.
I was elected as the MP for North East Fife in 2019. Since then, I have taken action, on the issues that matter to Constituents. I have spoken out against cuts to local services, including Post Offices, banks, rail services and bus routes. In the summer of 2021, over 1,000 residents backed my petition against Post Office Closures, which I presented in Parliament.
Working with my team, we have supported local people and business during the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns. I called for extra support for local business, including the self employed and tourism.
Currently energy and cost of living concerns are a real focus for so many in the Constituency and I am challenging Government on support for homes and businesses. The closure of local services and access to healthcare, lack of affordable housing are issues being brought to me.
Cost of Living
Households and businesses across North East Fife feeling the impact of skyrocketing bills and squeezed budgets. Some residents are facing the choice between heating and eating this winter, while local businesses face costs that could see them go to the wall.
The UK Government has announced support, including a price cap, but I’m using my voice in Westminster demand more action to help People in North East Fife. I want to see vulnerable and low income households helped by a doubling of the Warm Home Discount. For local businesses, there needs to be more certainty than the six month cap in energy costs. I’m also calling on the UK Government to fund support for people at this difficult time with a windfall tax on oil and gas companies, rather than borrowing more.
North East Fife has been hit by a wave of reductions to local services. Banks, Post Offices, Buses, Trains, and opening hours at Recycling Centres and Leisure Centres have all been cut.
I am determined to stand up for those vital services at the heart of communities, working with local people and the providers to protect them or find the best possible alternatives. I’m working to bring Community Banking Hubs to places where branches have closed, pressing Post Office to replace services which have been closed, and meet Stagecoach regularly to protect local bus routes.
I know how important these services are to North East Fife, and I will keep on fighting to protect them.
North East Fife is a beautiful constituency, from the Lomond Hills in the Howe of Fife to the East Neuk and Tentsmuir, it’s a place of stunning scenery I’m proud to represent.
I want to help protect that natural beauty, so I want to see the UK protect its natural environments, cut carbon emissions and clean up our air, seas and rivers. I support my party’s GreenRecovery Plan, which includes properly insulating every home, getting renewable energy up
to 80% of UK electricity.
Locally, I’ve called on SEPA to tackle sewage spills in the River Edenand River Leven, helped plant trees in Gauldry, St Andrews, Newburgh and Cupar, taken part in beach cleans, and want Fife Council to improve local recycling centres.