Candidate for Barnsley Central
I have been a Green Party member since February 2015. Previously I was not politically active, apart from canvassing for my Mum when she was a (Conservative) County Councillor in my youth.
The main thing that motivated me was when I studied for a Masters in Public Health and International Development based in the Geography Department at Sheffield University. There I came to understand that poverty, injustice and over-exploitation of the planet are the result of political and business choices made by those with power and money. So I became determined to be part of the solution and got involved both in Green politics and in action for disabled people. I am making changes to my lifestyle – although I am in Spain this week, I am travelling by train to minimise the impact.
In my medical career I was a GP in Darton, I also worked in some other practices in Barnsley, in Leeds PCT and in prisons and substance misuse work – I have tended to gravitate to places where people are in most need.
Nowadays I am almost fully retired but I do voluntary work for charity in Barnsley and overseas and coach disability hockey in Wakefield. I spend part of the year in Uganda helping the charity Global Care arrange education for children with disabilities. My wife and I are also members of a large church in Barnsley, Hope House, which is quite supportive of my political engagement.
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