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Buckingham Liberal Democrats

Former Haddenham head teacher to fight Bernwood by-election for Lib Dems

May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
By John Eyres

Sue Lewin H & S2

The Liberal Democrats have selected Sue Lewin as their candidate for the Bernwood Unitary Council by-election on June 30, 2022. The election has been called following the resignation of Conservative councillor Cameron Branston.

Sue taught at Haddenham Community Junior School for 14 years and was head teacher for 11 years. She also worked at other local schools, including Ickford. Before going into teaching, she was a police officer and has more recently worked as a driving instructor. Now retired, she believes that her knowledge of the local area and her public service experience give her the ideal background to become a councillor.

She believes passionately that every child should have equal access to the highest quality education, regardless of their background or parental income and, if elected to Bucks Council, would campaign vigorously for that outcome. This includes the need to build greater capacity for primary schools in places such as Haddenham and Long Crendon, where school places are under considerable pressure.

As a keen cyclist, she shares the concern of many residents about the poor condition of our roads and the lack of safe cycling routes. Haddenham, particularly, is undergoing major new housing development that is not accompanied by equivalent improvements to the local transport infrastructure - something that the Liberal Democrats are calling for.

Finally, she will champion more tree planting and greater protection of natural spaces, especially in villages such as Ickford and Worminghall, where planned new developments are not taking sufficient account of the risks of flooding and threats to wildlife.

Sue says: "I am very proud to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bernwood. If elected, I will work tirelessly for the interests of all residents in every part of the ward. The election of a new Lib Dem councillor would also strengthen our position as the largest opposition party on the council and send a message to Westminster that many former Conservative voters are turning away from this corrupt and incompetent Tory government."