I am the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Middleton Cheney Division in the May 2017 Northamptonshire County Council elections.
I was born and raised in Oxford, and went to Durham University where I read Chemistry and gained a PhD in Computational Chemistry. It was at Durham that I met my partner, Eleanor. I moved to the village of Middleton Cheney with Eleanor in 2009 and we live there with our two children and my mother. Eleanor grew up in Chacombe, where her parents still live.
I joined the Liberal Democrats in June 2016, and I'm a newcomer to local politics. My decisions to join the Lib Dems and to stand for election to Northamptonshire County Council both stem from the European Union membership referendum. The referendum result made me realise that our current economic model is not working for many people.
Leaving the EU will not be a silver bullet that fixes our economic problems, and I see no likelihood that central government will make the changes that are needed. Local, community politics is where we can start the work of ensuring that investment creates good quality jobs while protecting our environment.
These are areas that I have personal experience of, but I want to be a Councillor to represent the interests of people in my local area, not to pursue a particular agenda. My most important task would be to gain a better understanding of your concerns in order to be an effective advocate for our community.
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