Local Election 2008
North Middleton Ward
12 Waverley Road
I have really enjoyed campaigning for the people of North Middleton and although I missed out by a handful of votes in the by-election I have continued my work. I am proud that the Liberal Democrats have selected me to fight my local seat on 1 May. When we failed to gain the seat in late November, my reaction was to work harder. I have continued to do so and I am confident that our positive campaign and all year round work will pay dividends.
I am a local businesswoman and have been an active member of the community for many years. Locally, I am a member for the Middleton Active Drama Group and also enjoy modern sequence dancing and regular walking. These days, my walking is more like delivering leaflets and knocking on doors for several hours a day, which I do regularly. I like to think that I have a record of action and not just words.
My priorities for Middleton remain the same as the election in November – they are to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, campaign to save our Post Offices, keep Middleton tidy and help local community groups. I support devolution to Middleton and I'm keen to get more power from Rochdale to local people. I am particularly keen to get police and community groups working together to achieve more neighbourhood policing. I think crime should be tackled from the community up in co-operation with PCSOs and police. The fact that our Lib Dem Council has delivered more bobbies on the beat in Middleton is a source of great pride.
I support the Lib Dem low council tax increases and I am particularly interested in helping older people and those who feel left out of our community. That is why I welcome the lowest Council Tax increase for a long time.
I have always put people before party politics and, as an avid walker, I meet many local people like myself to chat and share their concerns. What I have discovered is that we share the same concerns for our community and want to achieve the same goal of a safer, greener, cleaner, more prosperous Middleton.
I am a hard-working local resident and believe I would make an excellent Councillor. I am determined to make Middleton Township work for everyone in Middleton and will always put our area first. A vote for me is a vote for a hard-working community activist who will work for you all year round. More importantly, a vote for someone who keeps in touch all year round – not just at election time! I’ve kept my promise to the people of Middleton and I hope the ever increasing number of people who’ve promised to vote for me in May do the same.