Louise was elected in May 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley. She was born and brought up on Abbeydale Road and now lives in Norfolk Park with her partner Liam and her dogs Harry and Lola. Louise made clear in her acceptance speech the residents of Sheffield Heeley and the people of Sheffield will always be her number one priority.
Since then, she has championed our local area, visiting as many of the thousands of businesses which make Sheffield unique as she can, standing up for them as the Tories tried to put up taxes on the backs of the hard working self-employed and using her experience as a former Special Constable she has worked with the local police force to keep our community safe. She has held the government to account on everything from teacher recruitment and retention, fracking of our treasured park land, led a national campaign reinstating tax credits for thousand of people who had had them wrongly stopped; and highlighting the dangers to our economy as the Government piles debt onto individuals in the name of austerity.
She was recently named by independent House of Commons Library research as the hardest working of all new MPs for her work standing up for her community, and she regularly publishes all her expenses on her website so constituents can see for themselves what she spends and why in carrying out her public duties.
She will continue to champion the issues which matter to her constituents. If you need any advice and support Louise holds regular advice surgeries around the constituency where you can raise any issues. In September 2016 Louise was promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy by the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn drawing on her experience before entering Parliament where she worked for a digital start-up. In July 2017 Louise was appointed Shadow Policing Minister, campaigning for police to be properly resourced, staffed and accountable to the public.
Starting her working life in Sheffield in a job at Meadowhall and as a local call centre worker, she went on to study at the University of Nottingham where she worked for the Local Authority's Youth Service, helping train youth workers on issues such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol misuse and child protection.
On graduating, Louise moved to London where she helped establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility, working with businesses and NGOs to make business more accountable, transparent and add value to the communities they operate in. Before standing in the 2015 General Election, Louise continued this work at Aviva where she was employed as a Corporate Governance Policy Manager.
A proud trade unionist, Louise has also served as a shop steward for the Unite Union representing workers where they faced discrimination, harassment, the threat of redundancy or unfair dismissal and organising to help bring about change in the workplace. Louise has also volunteered as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police.
For a full breakdown of Louise's Parliamentary expenses, click here.