First elected Suffolk County Councillor for Woodbridge in 2008; re-elected 2009, 2013. In 2017 I was honoured to be re-elected for the fourth time, with a record turnout, a record majority and a record share of the vote.
In May 2018 I became Deputy Leader of Suffolk County Council’s LibDem, Green & Independent Group, as well as Leader of Suffolk County Council’s LibDem party, while remaining the first – and so far only – group spokesperson for Women at Suffolk County Council. In addition I am LDGI group spokesperson for Transport and Adult Care.
I’m campaigner for Rural Transport, Cycling, Libraries, Women, Young People, Disability, Family Carers and Epilepsy Awareness (amongst other things). Feel that people would be a lot happier if they got out of their cars and walked more. Even with my dodgy knee I walk an average 3.5 million steps every year.
A full-time family carer since the beginning of the millennium, I campaign ferociously for carers’ rights and public recognition for unpaid family carers. In 2015 Britain’s 6.4 million unpaid carers saved the UK £87 bn in potential care costs – more than the government’s total NHS spend. The UK faces significant economic consequences if even a small proportion of family carers gave up their caring role through eg ill health or lack of support. Yet ironically, many carers are forced into poverty and a low quality of life because, being unpaid, the government puts no value on their work until they have to be replaced.
Prizewinning poet and short story writer; Epilepsy Society Champion 2013; shortlisted Young Epilepsy Gold Champion award 2013; Frances Minns Memorial award for outstanding typographic design, London College of Printing; University Challenge team captain (St Hilda’s Oxford ) back in the mists of time. Cycled unsupported from Lands End to John o’Groats within living memory (2008).
The views expressed in the blog are my own.