Jackie has an impressive track record of serving her local community and standing up for people in Manchester. She was first elected as a councillor for Gorton in 1991 and served her local community on Manchester City Council for 21 years.
Jackie has lived locally in Gorton for 31 years, after coming to Manchester to study for her PhD. She qualified with a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics.
After starting her career as a Nuclear Safety Analyst, Jackie is now an IT professional. In her current workplace, Jackie sees first-hand the potentially damaging impact of a hard Brexit on Manchester's jobs and economy – two thirds of her employer's trade is with EU countries.
One of Jackie's proudest moments as a local councillor was winning a ten-year campaign to get Manchester Council to stop taxing war veterans' and war widows' pensions - one of the last councils in the country to be persuaded to do so.
Another was winning the battle to save Kingswater Park working alongside local residents, after a campaign that took the issue right up to the Minister. The green open space is still there for local people to enjoy.
As Manchester's next MP, Jackie will:-
- Fight to keep Britain in the Single Market to protect jobs and investment in Manchester;
- Work to protect local hospitals and schools from further funding cuts, pressing the Government for a fairer funding deal;
- Press the Council for real action to make Manchester's streets cleaner – including action on litter, fly-tipping and improvements to the bin collections service;
- Campaign for extra investment in front-line Policing to tackle crime in Manchester.