Labour MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough is standing for re-election with the vision of eradicating the need for food banks.
Gill Furniss, who was elected to represent her constituency in the 2016 by-election, said: “I just find it absolutely awful that in the fifth richest economy in the world, we’re not able to feed people.
“My dream is to say there are no food banks in this area, not because we haven’t got the volunteers, but because we don’t need them, because people have all got a decent living.
“It’s not just people who are unemployed either, we get nurses turning up too.”
Ms Furniss revealed that Brightside and Hillsborough is one of the most deprived areas in Sheffield, and that a large amount of concerns she receives stem from problems with Universal Credit.
“We help people with Universal Credit, because quite often they’ve been sanctioned for no good reason, it might be that their computer’s gone down, and of course you can only apply for Universal Credit online, so if you’re not computer literate or you don’t own a computer, which is not uncommon round this sort of area, then you’re in quite a lot of difficulty.
“We need a much better system, not one that puts all the onus on the person and gives sanctions.” she told the Northern Voice.
Gill believes the current lack of trust in politicians stems from Brexit, “it’s been really polarising, there was a lot of false stories going about, particularly the bus with the figure about the National Health Service, which Boris Johnson was associated with.
“I think there’s a lot that needs putting right and people need the real information.”
The Labour Party have declared an impartial stance on Brexit, proposing a second referendum, with a new deal and the option for remain on the ballot, ruling out a no-deal Brexit completely.
Ms Furniss said: “People have said our position is a bit untenable, but I think you’ve got to look at both sides, and we can’t ignore the fact that we’ve got a lot more information now about what Brexit means, which we didn’t have three years ago.
“We get lots of briefings from economists, and most recently we’ve got the Bank of England saying if we leave without a deal, the economy will shrink by six percent, and that would make a big difference to the people of my constituency.
“People are in enough hardship as it is, without facing even more cuts than the Tory government have already given to us.”
Having been brought up in Parson Cross, and now living in Foxhill, Ms Furniss claims to know “every inch of the constituency.”
She said: “I was a councillor for 17 years before I was an MP, we just want the best for our communities.
“I didn’t go into politics to make people poorer and I fear Brexit may make that happen.
“I’ve been in parliament for three and a half years, and it’s been a massive honour, but I think I need another term to carry out the things I want to see done.”