In 2015, my work collapsed as the Conservative Government killed off the Green Deal, all but ended incentives for solar panels, and reneged on the promise of a zero-carbon standard for new homes. I convened Green Lantern, a group of affected green businesses in Oxfordshire, to lobby Ed Vaizey. Government ignored the promise of prosperity from renewables.
Meanwhile, Oxfordshire Conservative MPs tore up years of Planning Law, leaving us with a catastrophically broken planning system. I helped set up Need not Greed for Oxfordshire (www.neednotgreedoxon.org.uk) to protect our English Countryside and provide the right sort of housing in the right places.
The Conservative Party has been hi-jacked by an anti-governance ideology, slashing budgets for our communities: hospitals are being closed, school budgets decimated, bus subsidies ended, and social care reduced or ended. My daughter, a junior doctor, faces yet another round of chaotic re-organisation. Conservative incompetence in running our incredible health service beggars belief.
Wallingford has been my home for 27 years. I helped set up the first after-school club, JACS, and chaired the governors at St John’s, moving on, with my children, to become a Wallingford School governor. I have twice been a Town Councillor.
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