Miriam was born and brought up in Sheffield, and for over ten years has lived with her husband and three children in Oughtibridge.
Miriam has long been an active member of her community, who has chaired the school PTA, helped to set up and lead a youth group, and in her role as a Parish Councillor for Oughtibridge has campaigned on a number of local issues including; better local transport, more police, better skills and education for all.
“I love being part of this community and am proud to call it my home. Ours is a beautiful constituency with urban and rural communities but we need to do more to improve local transport, policing, education and training."
Miriam went to King Edward VII School, Sheffield, and then on to the University of Cambridge where she studied Genetics, returning to Sheffield to take her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Sheffield Hallam University, Miriam went on to teach Chemistry and Biology at Tapton School in Sheffield.
“We've got some great schools, with brilliant and dedicated teachers, but too many of our children aren’t reaching their potential. With first-hand experience in education, I will work with local schools, parents and children, to raise our aspirations and opportunities so that everyone is given the best chance."
For a number of years Miriam worked in a technology business she owns with her husband, so recognises the importance of investment in technological infrastructure and digital skills in supporting our industrial sector but also in providing new opportunities for local people.
“Small businesses add so much to our constituency, providing employment, growth and opportunity - technology is our fastest growing sector and with the right infrastructure and skills, people in our constituency can benefit from that growth.”
As Co-chair of the Town Deal Board, Miriam has worked to secure £24.1 million in funding for Stocksbridge through the Towns Fund.
This funding prioritises investments that will attract new businesses and job opportunities which will create a lasting legacy, by re-focussing our economy, upgrading the physical fabric of our town, raising the aspirations of adults and young people and improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.
Elected as the Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire. December 2019
Local | Parish Election
Elected to represent the Oughtibridge Ward on Bradfield Parish Council. May 2015, reelected May 2019, resigned 2021
Local | City Election
Stood for Stannington Ward in the Sheffield City Council election. May 2018 (not elected)
Education Committee 19 October 2021-present
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) 4 March 2020-present
1922 Committee 11 July 2022 -present
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