I am an elected Liberal Democrat Councillor for St Mary’s Ward, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire and for Beverley Town Council.

Campaigning in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency

I have lived in the area for almost 30 years and can understand why other people want to move here! My Grandfather was an East Yorkshireman and my husband and grown-up children and their partners all live and work locally. We need to ensure we do things differently with the increasing number of people – looking after the history but recognising the needs of future generations and increasing inclusivity to ensure we all prosper together.

I have a background in science, having trained as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS, moving into the pharmaceutical industry whilst in my twenties and rising to the rank of Commercial Director (also with responsibility for Government Affairs and Supply Chain) and General Manager for Ireland. I have been involved with Government and NHS working parties looking at the supply and distribution of medicines as well as testing, packaging, medicines information,  bar-coding and procurement. I studied locally for most of my academic qualifications (HNC, degree and masters) whilst working full time and am now a Governor at East Riding College. I want to ensure everyone has access to educational opportunities so they can achieve their full potential. Without people believing in me and encouraging me to achieve more, I would not be able to give back to the community.

Me between MPs Rupa Huq and Wera Hobhouse at a debate on the future of Britain’s relationship with Europe at the 2018 Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton

I am a qualified therapist and stress management trainer. To ensure we get the most out of life and perform to our best ability, we need to learn about stress and how to keep it at bay. I am particularly concerned, though, when good people are exploited for their expertise, pressurised to do more and more and become stressed because of it – I think our teachers are over-worked and under-resourced (which is why so many are having to take time off from work with stress) and this has to change.

I am an active Christian. I am a Local Preacher, Circuit Steward and safe-guarding Trainer for the Church. Additionally I am a Trustee at Toll Gavel United Church. I believe Liberal Democratic values and Methodism align very well – both belief in openness, tolerance and equality – values which have always driven me to do my best to ensure a fair society where all are respected and contributes as much as they can, where everyone who is able pays their fair share and those who cannot pay are given a helping hand until they can.

Denis, myself and Dave meeting local residents in St Mary’s Ward.

As a Local Councillor, I believe I can fight for the rights of everyone within St Mary’s Ward and the wider area of Beverley and the East Riding to have as healthy and happy a life as possible. That means representing you and your interests whilst holding East Riding of Yorkshire Council to account for the decisions made on your behalf. You have already seen me out and about, finding out about things which matter to you and with my Councillor colleagues Denis Healy and Dave Boynton we are trying to bring about change. At the same time, I will represent you on Beverley Town Council. Molescroft, Beverley and Woodmansey are as one yet the Town Council’s funding is a hundred times greater than that of Molescroft and Woodmansey Parish Councils – I want to ensure the Parishes are not left behind and the way I can do that is by representing everyone to ensure parity and fairness.

Liberal Democrat Councillors at County Hall. Back L-R Phil Davidson; Denis Healy; David Nolan; Margot Sutton; Mike Heslop-Mullins; Fron L-R Dave Boynton; Linda Johnson; Viv Padden and John Bovill. The Official Opposition with 9/67 Councillors.

I recently visited the European Parliament in Brussels. I am very much opposed to Brexit, which could potentially destabilise Britain’s economy. Britain has prospered under EU membership. I believe that there is no good Brexit for the East Riding of Yorkshire and that local residents will soon find this out.

Linda and fellow Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament
Me, front centre, with fellow Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament