I was lucky enough to get the chance to present the Lib Dems' policy on mental health on BBC Hereford and Worcester this afternoon at around quarter to six. It may not be the most fascinating subject for many people but it is very important as mental health will affect one in four of us.
That's why the Lib Dems ensured that £250m a year for mental health services was included in the budget this year and why we have pledged to double this funding to £500m a year after the election. We've already made a huge difference in coalition and we want to continue to do so after the election.
We've put mental health on the front page of our manifesto because we know how important it is.
You can find out more about this policy here.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
I'd like you to consider voting for me on May 7th so some background is appropriate.
My priorities if elected
- Secure our NHS – Lib Dems will give the extra £8bn NHS England has asked for – all of it, unlike the other parties.
- Balance the budget by 2018 - protect the economic recovery and continue to bring down our debt. We can do nothing without strong, stable finances.
- Fair taxes - continue the Lib Dem policy of cutting income tax for low and middle income earners by raising the tax-free allowance by another £400, giving people more of their own money
My political outlook
I have been a Liberal Democrat since 1992. Liberal Democrats in the coalition have shown how politicians working together can deliver strong, stable government:
- We have helped to deliver the country from the disastrous economic situation we faced in 2010.
- We have cut taxes for the least well off – against the objections of the Tories – taking millions of the lowest paid people out of tax altogether.
- We have delivered over 70% of our manifesto commitments.
With more Liberal Democrats in Parliament we can continue to deliver moderate, sensible policies which benefit everyone.
I am married with two children. I have been active in my local community, working as a parish councillor and clerk. I was involved in saving a community shop and I volunteered on the committee and behind the counter for 11 years. I work in social care research so I understand the challenges faced by people seeking good care and support in their communities. When the family permits, my hobbies include swimming, cycling and writing.