I was born in Balham and raised in Wandsworth, where I still live, and I’m a mum, journalist, and trustee for a charity working with parents of children under five coping with difficult circumstances. I joined the Lib Dems in August 2018 after becoming increasingly disillusioned with Labour, and within three months had been selected as the spokesperson for Earlsfield. In May 2019 I became an approved parliamentary candidate, and stood as a PPC in the General Election in December, managing to increase our vote share and get our deposit back in a non-target seat.
I’m a huge supporter of local businesses, work closely with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, have taken on case work, and successfully lobbied the council on various issues, including idling outside our schools, cycle paths and fly tipping.
As a local mum I know what it’s like to try to find good affordable local childcare, then fight to get your child into local schools, and as a former member of a local primary school PTA I’m also very aware of the funding issues our schools face.
I also know what it’s like when our children become teenagers, and you worry about them coming home in the dark after school. Ensuring everyone feels safe and can flourish, whatever their background, is hugely important to me.
And I also know what it’s like to fight for care for elderly relatives in Wandsworth; my mum (herself a former senior social worker in our borough) has end stage Alzheimer’s.
Ensuring everyone is able to cycle safely and breathe clean air is extremely important to me, and I’m committed to helping to make Wandsworth as green as possible.
And of course as a pro-European who campaigned endlessly for us to remain in the EU, I want to ensure that everyone continues to feel part of the community.
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