Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Stevenage
Julia began campaigning for the Liberal Party in the 1960s whilst growing up on Merseyside: her father stoodin Crosby which was the seat later won by former Stevenage MP, Shirley Williams, now president of Stevenage Liberal Democrats. Julia has continued to campaign for the Liberal Democrats since moving to Hertfordshire in 1981 where she fought Broxbourne three times before taking on the challenge of fighting Barbara Follett for the Stevenage seat in 2005.
As a parent and a teacher Julia is particularly interested in education and training; she is also keen to campaign for better social care for the elderly and support for carers. One of the reasons that Julia is committed to the Liberal Democrats is because of their concern for the environment and their policies to cut down on carbon emissions which are leading to global warming.
‘I am totally committed to the Liberal Democrats because they believe in fair votes and transparency about funding for political parties. The Liberal Democrats would introduce stricter legislation about MPs’ expenses and the right for voters to recall any MP who failed to maintain correct standards of behaviour. I believe that Stevenage electors deserve to have not just a change of MP, but a change of political party for that MP and a change of government that has no history of sleaze or greed but the vision to make Britain a fairer and safer country.’
Julia has continued to work with local Liberal Democrats in Stevenage as they have fought and won borough and county council elections and as they have prepared for the local and general elections in 2010. Julia has supported the attempts by Stevenage Liberal Democrat Borough Councillors to keep the council tax down. Julia has met very many of the voters in Stevenage and she believes she shares many of their concerns. For instance Julia has been closely following the BSF (Building Schools for the Future) scheme which would see her school relocated in 2013. Julia has also been hearing about tenants’ issues and about the need for more housing for Stevenage people; she has listened to residents’ views on public transport and problems with car parking.
Julia has been angered by the way Barbara Follett let down her constituents by voting for the illegal war against Iraq after first indicating that she would vote against it. Julia is also angry about the misuse of public funds for a London home when Mrs Follett could have commuted from her constituency as so many others have to do every day.