Member of Parliament
Being Dyspraxic hasn’t shaped the direction of my career but it has impacted on how I have conducted myself. The chronic low self-esteem, tendency to be overly critical and dwell on things means that I over prepare and agonise over details. The plus side of this is that I have found people that will complement me on my depth of knowledge and are assured when I am saying something that I really mean it.
Completing a Master’s Degree and being elected as an MP are both career highlights. The work I am most proud of as an MP is stopping this Government de-regulate in an attempt to privatise Children’s Social Care, securing £337 million for our local Metro replacement and being able to secure vital funds to feed children suffering from hunger in Shields over last year’s summer holidays. The children and families I worked with for years as a social worker, the children I managed to protect from harm/ further harm, the families I kept together and those people whose lives I helped make a difference to I will never forget.
Being Dyspraxic is a good thing because the people who make a difference in the world are those who stand out and are not the same as everyone else. We are the often the problem solvers, creators and innovators, we are never the ones sat in the room thinking the same as everyone else. So please go for it...I did and have never looked back.