Hereford & South Herefordshire Parliamentary Candidate - Lucy Hurds

Lucy is an experienced campaigner, who has the drive and ability to lead a National campaign for Hereford & South Herefordshire. She has already successfully lobbied national politicians for funding for Herefordshire.

Lucy currently runs weekly surgeries throughout the constituency to meet as many people as possible.

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"Surgeries and meeting people in their homes allow me to hear residents' concerns and help with their issues. I want to represent Herefordshire's views in London and believe that this will help me to be an effective voice for our area. I look forward to meeting as many of you as is possible."

 Lucy Magazine

 Lucy's Non-Political CV

• 2 years Manageress of Newsagents in Tupsley, Hereford.


• 3 years Manager at Sun Valley, Hereford, 


• 2 years PR and Academic training programme for local Educational charity.


• 18 years Small Business Consultant

For the Party

Lucy works Locally, Regionally and Nationally for the Party
 

  • Local campaigner and agent in several by-elections
  • Secretary for West Midlands Regional Executive Committee & Chair of Fundraising for West Midlands
  • Contributing Rural Perspective to National Lib Dem Parliamentary Transport Team

Graduate Enterprise Program

Many students at eighteen leave Herefordshire for further education in other parts of the country.  On finding work following graduation they then often do not return or return with families at a later date.  As a result of the current economic situation, many students are returning to " Mum & Dad " due to the difficulty in finding work.  This means Herefordshire has a unique opportunity to offer these students a future in their home county.  Many are in part time temporary work or unemployed. Following work with Herefordshire Council we were able to set up a seminar with the Colleges, Business representatives, the Voluntary sector and Council Officers to find a way to offer support and work prospects to these students.  The next stage is the setting up of a forum with the students to work on the best way to help them find employment.

Hands up for Herefordshire

While  the previous government reviewed education provision, Herefordshire’s campaign for fairer school funding held a Countywide day of action. On Saturday, 20th March 2010, campaigners, volunteers, children and communities came together to show the importance of our schools. Campaign organizer Lucy Hurds and her teams of volunteers were joined by local politicians including the then MP for Hereford, Paul Keetch.

‘Hands Up for Herefordshire’ Day saw displays set up in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard and Kington. Hands decorated by children of the County were brought together and assembled by volunteers drawn from community groups such as Hereford’s Sea Cadets, residents of Bromyard, Youth Action Team and V-involved volunteers. Whilst not every school could provide hands (due to OFSTED reports and other commitments), hands to represent every pupil in the county were created by the volunteers and included in the final displays. These consisted of thousands of individual hand prints and represented over 23,000 children who are currently being short-changed by the grant given by Central Government to the County’s education system.

The day’s events were captured on video which includes interviews with members of the campaign, volunteers and local residents and this, along with a petition containing thousands of local residents' signatures was presented to the then Minister for Schools, Vernon Coaker MP on Monday, 29th March.