How do you start your day? I start with a run whilst listening to The Today Show. When I’m in London I run around where I live, if I’m in Newcastle I run on the Town Moor. I get home and during the week try to stay healthy by having yoghurt and cereal for breakfast – on a weekend I have bacon and toast.
How do you manage your time to achieve so much? Politics is about prioritising. I’m passionate about representing the people of Newcastle, women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), lifelong learning and diversity and equality – these are the things I focus most of my time on. I also think it is very important to prioritise spending time doing the things that are important to me outside of politics – downtime is vital.
What do you love most about living in Newcastle?
The atmosphere – I absolutely love coming back and spending time with people, talking to people and laughing with them. I also love the fact that we have the Town Moor and the Tyne – to have both of those in such an urban city is unique and amazing.
And finally – North East favourites?!
La Yuan restaurant in Gallowgate is the best Chinese, I think in the world! We always take visitors there and they agree – trust me, it’s a must-try!
I also really like Route on the Quayside and Dabbawal as I love spicy food.
Mrs T’s in Blakelaw Community Centre is my favourite for lunch – they have amazing homemade food.
For bars, I like Wylam Brewery, Prohibition on Pink Lane and Tyneside Irish Centre on match days in particular.
The Stand and Northern Stage are great for entertainment and on weekends, my favourite thing to do is walk from Craster to Newton for some sea air.