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, her dogs Harry and Lola, and her cat, Stevie. 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 has worked closely with South Yorkshire Police to tackle the problem of nuisance off-road motorbikes, and has campaigned to preserve NHS urgent care services for people in the south of Sheffield.
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.
Meet the team
I have staff in both my constituency office, 63 Chesterfield Road, and in Westminster. Across the two offices, I have three full-time members of staff and two part-time members of staff. My staff assist me in carrying out my Parliamentary duties and being able to effectively represent my constituents in Westminster. It is important to me, and my responsibility as your MP, to be able to take up the issues that matter most to local residents – and the staff in both of my offices assist me in doing this. My staff are on hand to offer help, advice and assistance to constituents. You can read more about them below:
Kat is my Office ManagerResponsible for the day-to-day running of the office and my diary. She can answer any of your queries and help arrange meetings between local groups and myself. If your group would like to meet with me, then get in touch!
Nikki is our Senior CaseworkerIf you have an issue or problem that needs quick action and urgent attention, Nikki is here to help. Nikki will be attending surgeries with me and assisting in getting to the bottom of issues that arise in the constituency.
Robin is my Communications OfficerAlong with helping me with press enquiries and media, Robin manages surveys and consultations so I can hear from my constituents about what matters most to them.
Gabi is our Constituency Support OfficerI am very pleased to have Gabi on the team. Gabi helps in many tasks we do in the office, from casework and policy, to research and diary management.
Danny supports me in the work that I do in Parliament and in my Shadow Policing Minister briefHolding the Government to account and getting to the bottom of issues, so I can best represent my constituents. Recently, this has focused on the damaging cuts to our police, and the impact this is having on crime rates and public safety. Danny also helps to arrange visits from local schools – please get in touch if your school is in the constituency and you would like to visit Parliament.