I have lived in Guildford for 11 years. I graduated from the University of Surrey and, having previously worked for the Royal Surrey County Hospital, I now work for a hospital with charity status as a Medical Physicist. In recent years, I have been the coordinator for Guildford and East Waverley Green Party and been involved with national campaigns including Bridges Not Walls and Living on Benefits. I have also represented the Local Green Party in campaigning against Newlands Corner, Solum's Guildford railway station development, and the bus services cuts imposed by Surrey County Council.
I am passionate in my support of both the university and Royal Surrey, particularly in a time where they come under financial pressure from the loss of EU funding and Government cuts. When the nurse training bursary was scrapped, the number of applications fell by 25% and since the referendum, the number of EU nurses joining the NHS has fallen by 90%. As a consequence, there are more than 20,000 nursing jobs remain unfilled. The rejection of free movement by both Labour and the Conservatives means thousands of nurses at risk of deportation.
I am standing as Guildford needs a candidate that will protect these fantastic institutions from the impacts of the Conservative’s hard Brexit and further austerity. Surrey also needs a candidate who will stand against Conservative interests in developing the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Areas, such as Ash to Brookwood Heaths, Whitmoor Common, and Ockham and Wisley Commons that are currently protected by EU legislation.