Cat was born in Barrow-in-Furness where she attended state schools, she moved to Lancaster as a teenager and is proud to call it home. Before being elected as an MP she worked for a national social work organisation and was a trustee for a local charity supporting victims of domestic violence.
She was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Lancaster and Fleetwood in May 2015, winning the seat from the Conservative Party. One the first things she did was set up an office in the constituency which was something our area had not had from the previous MP. Cat has committed to being a strong local voice for us and a passionate advocate for everyone she represents, which is why her staffed office helps support thousands of constituents every year.
Cat was re-elected in 2017 and at the last general election in 2019 and continues to work hard for the people who live in the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency. She campaigns against the austerity measures imposed by the Conservative Government – measures which have seen the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. As an MP who speaks regularly on climate change issues, she fought against fracking at Preston New Road and the development of the huge gas storage facility at Preesall.
Cat graduated from Lancaster University in 2006. She lives in the constituency, and in 2018 Cat’s gave birth to her son at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
Cat holds weekly advice surgeries by appointment in Lancaster and in Fleetwood, and over the recess periods uses her time locally to host “Chats with Cat” which are informal drop-ins for constituents to meet Cat near where you live. To book an appointment please call 01253 490440.
Cat is a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Young People. She is passionate about engaging young people in politics and ensuring the next generation’s voice is heard.