I consider myself lucky to have both northern and southern roots. I was raised in a market town in Lancashire, about the size of Horncastle. I went to school in Blackpool and could hear the screams from the Pleasure Beach whilst sitting in class!
I was the first member of my family to go to university, reading law at Cambridge University. I wanted to be a criminal barrister, so went to the Capital of Crime - London - to practise. I specialised in prosecuting serious organised crime.
It was a privilege to represent the decent, law-abiding majority in my work prosecuting hardened criminals. I have prosecuted international drug trafficking rings, gun-runners and fraudsters who steal £100s million from British taxpayers. I am one of only 30 advocates in England and Wales appointed to the prestigious Attorney General’s Regulators Panel and the Serious Fraud Office’s List of specialist fraud prosecutors. I hope to put my experiences in the criminal courts to good use in the political world.
Since my election; I have spoken up for the constituency of Louth & Horncastle on a range of issues, including the provision of rural broadband, defence, wind turbines and the importance of tackling extremism. I have also been elected to sit on the Home Affairs Select Committee, and am Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Diabetes and on Broadband.
My family is delighted to call Louth & Horncastle Home. My husband Paul is Managing Director of a British food company. We like to spend what little spare time we have going to running around after our son, Monty, building sandcastles on the beautiful Lincolnshire coastline and pulling our boots on to walk the Wolds.