Before Entering Parliament Maria worked as a full time Cancer Research Nurse at the Royal Marsden Hospital for over 20 years, specialising in the field of breast cancer research, and she is still able to continue this work in her time away from Parliament. Maria was previously a Brighton & Hove City Councillor holding the Cabinet Portfolio for housing, as well as being a non-exec director of the charity Brighton Housing Trust Sussex. She lives close to the village of Falmer and is actively involved in the local community including her work as Patron for Dementia Havens Alliance, as an urban shepherdess, and as an owner and shareholder of Lewes Football Club.
Since her election to Parliament in 2015 Maria has been involved in many successful local campaigns such as supporting health services returning to Seaford with the new day hospital, the campaign to save Cradle Hill recycling centre and fighting to protect rail services on the Seaford Branch Line during industrial action.
Maria is continuing to campaigning on improving poor public transport networks as the Chair of the A27 Reference Group and supporting plans for BML2; dealing with the phone and broadband “not spots” in the constituency; and minimising the impact of new housing developments on local communities whilst still providing much needed affordable housing.
Maria was previously on Parliament’s Women & Equalities Committee, championing the rights of women and the LGBT community. Maria is currently a member of the Exiting the European Union Committee where she is making sure that the views of all are represented in the Government’s EU negotiations. As a very active MP she is chair, vice-chair or an officer on numerous APPGs in Parliament including on Health, Autism and the WASPI campaign.