I am an artist and Art Historian, former Weymouth College lecturer and a Portland Town Councillor for Underhill ward with responsibility for Heritage, Victoria Gardens and Portland Museum.
I have lived in South Dorset constituency for 21 years and have brought up my daughters here, both of whom attended local schools.
My first ‘proper job’ was in Merseyside Transport, working in ‘ticket audit’. From there, I went on to work for the Transport and General Workers Union as a tutor, and as a TUC tutor. I went to University, as a mature student and mum, to study Fine Art as a Painter and Photographer. Following graduation, I have taught in a variety of posts which include teaching art to the parents of small children at Outlooks Family Centre in Portland and charcoal drawing at Weymouth Women’s Refuge. I've also taught Fine Art foundation, Photography, Film Studies and Contextual Studies (Art History) at Weymouth College.
I have completed a Master’s Degree in Art History at the Open University, my dissertation was in Republican Art of the Spanish Civil War, and I am embarking on a history of Military Architecture and Archaeology of the Palmerston fortifications on Portland in conjunction with my daughter, who is studying Archaeology at the University of Wales, the results of which will be published on Researchgate.
I love the community that we live in, and I'm terrified at the prospect of the further devastation that another five years of Tory austerity under Boris the Buffoon, and the complacency of our Tory MP, Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, will wreak on South Dorset.
Our country is riven with divisions, our people are suffering cuts in health, education, public services, we have a housing crisis where affordable accommodation is non-existent, and a public transport system that is not fit for purpose. In-work poverty is endemic, and we have the scandal of people in the twenty first century forced to use food banks. Our pledge to you is that we will properly fund schools and the NHS, reverse cuts in police numbers, abolish zero-hours contracts, abolish tuition fees, create jobs and build council homes, and protect the environment, to change the fabric of our society so that it is worth living in, 'for the many and not the few'.
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