Paula Sherriff is the Labour MP for Dewsbury, elected to parliament in May 2015.
Paula moved to Yorkshire as a teenager. After leaving school at the age of 18, she began working for the Police in a Victim Support role. She was proud to receive a Judge’s commendation for work she undertook supporting victims of sexual abuse. After nearly a decade in the Police Service, Paula joined the NHS, working in a front line role in Community Healthcare provision until being elected MP for Dewsbury constituency.
Campaigning for change
Seeing the damage that the Tory-led Government is doing to the NHS - one of our country’s proudest achievements - on a daily basis was a key factor in Paula’s decision to join the Labour Party. She was further motivated by seeing the impact of poverty and inequality on people’s lives and on communities and her background in public service has demonstrated how vital investment can tackle these issues.
Paula is passionate about the provision and delivery of high quality, local healthcare and is active on many local healthcare campaigns including the ‘Save Dewsbury Hospital’ and ‘Hands Off HRI’ campaigns. Paula is particularly concerned about the increasing privatisation of NHS services and has campaigned locally and nationally for a fully renationalised NHS.
In March 2016, after a long fought campaign, the announcement was made that the tampon tax would finally be scrapped. Paula became the first backbench MP in Parliamentary history to have had an amendment to a Budget resolution successfully adopted. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Labour Party commended her work on the issue.
As Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, Paula works with the Shadow Secretary of State Sarah Champion on issues of pay inequality, violence against women and girls, maternity, disability and LGBT discrimination and the erosion of equality and human rights.
A real voice for local people
Paula is committed to representing constituents, and giving them a strong voice both in Westminster and in the local area – she is a strong opponent of MPs having second jobs and, as your Labour MP, Paula is 100% dedicated to working for the people of Dewsbury, Mirfield, Kirkburton and Denby Dale. Paula has pledged that she will not take any other employment or directorship as your elected MP.