Strong Local Connections
Born to North East parents, Shirley returned to her roots eleven years ago. She moved to South Shields to build a family with her husband. They have a nine year old son and care deeply about their local community.
Shirley works at a local primary school, supporting parents to improve school attendance. She also helps run the community Deaf children's club.
Working For Our Future
Shirley is an active member of the local South Tyneside Green Party and the regional North East Green Party.
- She is South Tyneside Co-ordinator of the Keep Metro Public campaign, opposing privatisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro, a vital regional public service. As a regional party we are supporting this as part of a wider campaign for green jobs and better public transport.
- Shirley is working against a planned incinerator for South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland. Incineration causes more problems than it solves. She calls instead for a radical zero waste strategy.
- Shirley has also campaigned to bring back glass bottles for school milk. Glass bottles were replaced by cartons last year across South Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland.
A Campaigner for Over 20 Years
After volunteering in Kenya on a safe drinking water project, Shirley worked for ten years on human rights and anti-poverty campaigns including:
- lobbying the UK government, the European Union and the UN
- in Women in Black against injustice, war and militarism
- the local Stop the War Coalition
Shirley joined the Green Party as it is the only one to demand no more excuses for wars. She believes we must have a truly ethical Foreign Policy.