I am the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking – I am also the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Woking Borough Council, Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for South Woking.
I am a passionate pro-European, was born and bred in Surrey and I have lived in Woking for more than two decades. I attended both Woking High School and Woking College, and I have a unique understanding of the local community and the Borough.
Eight years ago, I was elected as the Lib Dem County Councillor for South Woking and I have a strong record of action. In 2013, I successfully campaigned to get both Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council to pay the Living Wage to all their staff. In 2015, my hard work was again rewarded, when the Council opened its first library in South Woking, at a time when many local libraries were being forced to close.
Since 2011, I have been a Borough Councillor and over the last three years I have led the Lib Dem opposition on Woking Borough Council. I have been very critical of Surrey County Council and its recent plans to raise Council Tax by 15% while cutting yet more services for local people. I am passionate about education and a former school governor, I understands the demands already placed on our over-stretched teachers. I successfully persuaded Surrey County Council to lobby the Government and oppose school cuts in Surrey.
I currently work as a member staff to the local Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament, Catherine Bearder. I played a leading role in the Remain campaign, where I brought people from all political backgrounds together to campaign against Brexit. I want to stand up for Woking, my home town, my community, that overwhelmingly voted to Remain and to ensure that fellow pro-European’s voices are heard in future Brexit negotiations. With my wealth of political experience, dedication, energy and commitment, I would be privileged to serve as Woking’s MP.