Julie Pörksen - our local champion

 

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A mum to my two boys Ben and Silas, I am married to Paul (who works for UNICEF) and live in Rothbury. I grew up in Belsay where my mum taught at the first school and my dad is a sheep farmer near Cambo. I feel lucky to have grown up in Northumberland, we live in such a special place. Training to become a teacher, I have worked in the agriculture, higher education and charity sectors from Aberdeen to Peru. 

Julie's statement on the General Election 2017. 

I am delighted to confirm that I shall be standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency.

Our local businesses, farmers, communities, environment, health services and young people thrive through the exports, support and opportunities that Europe offers the North East. Yet the Conservatives are risking all our futures with a hard Brexit.

But this election is much bigger than Brexit. Our future will not be happy or prosperous under the Conservatives. They are brutally slashing key local services such as our NHS; running down our local councils so they cannot afford to provide vital social care; and cutting school budgets. These Conservative cuts affect everybody and reinforce the division between rich and poor, North and South, rural and urban. And they certainly do not reflect any of the key values like fairness that I stand for.

I have a strong record in supporting individuals, communities and businesses through championing justice and accessible quality local services. In today’s society, fairness and equality have to be at the forefront. Our health and our opportunities in education and in life must not be determined by wealth or where we are from.

Challenging the Government is vital, preventing the destruction of our local services and fighting for community hospitals like Rothbury, Berwick and Alnwick and for our ambulance service. I believe in defending all our rights and promoting all our needs, from pothole funds to A1 safety, and from nurseries to care homes fit for everyone. Providing an effective service to help every constituent, as Alan Beith did for so many years, is an absolute priority.

For me, the role of being your MP is not to be Westminster’s representative in Northumberland but to be Berwick Constituency’s champion in Westminster.

Thank you.

Julie Pörksen

Berwick-upon-Tweed Liberal Democrats