The pandemic reminded us of the importance of communities and the family unit. My priorities include:
- Improving the work/life balance for the long-term (particularly where families have children) by campaigning for new flexible working laws in the forthcoming Employment Bill;
- Building on the community spirit we saw during the crisis to develop a strategy to tackle loneliness in West Berkshire;
- Supporting communities to buy local assets – whether that be their local pub or a village shop – through the Government’s Community Ownership Fund;
- Campaigning for families where it has all gone wrong. I was a lead campaigner on the Domestic Abuse Bill and secured material changes in the Bill in the House of Commons, which will be better protect women from serious violence.