Amanda is Durham City born and bred and passionate about representing the City and its villages whilst working tirelessly to improve the lives of local people.
She grew up on Newton Hall estate and attended Framwellgate Moor School prior to a career in a major building society based mainly in Durham City. She has brought up two children locally whilst continuing to work and has first-hand experience of the local health and social care system.
She is the leader of the opposition at County Hall and has spearheaded campaigns against excessive waste and single use plastics as well as championing changes in education, a fair deal for Teaching Assistants and the fight for a climate emergency declaration. She has opposed countless poor planning applications including the County Council’s HQ on the Sands.
She is a grass roots community activist running a local weekly luncheon club for the elderly as well as being a longstanding trustee for her local community centre. She is Chair of Governors at her local primary school and also Chair of a trust board.
Her experience in education has shown her how unfair current funding formulas introduced by the Labour Party really are. She is leading the fight for equality in education as she believes that every child deserves the very best regardless of where they live.
She is calling for change in the City of Durham. “It’s time we had a local person to represent us at Westminster, not someone who has been parachuted in by the Labour Party assuming it is a safe seat. My priorities include better health and social care (especially mental health services), better and fairer education and making a serious impact on our climate change emergency.”
“I want to represent Durham at a national level and make sure that we are no longer the forgotten region we have been for so long under Labour. I believe in my heart that Durham deserves better.”