I’m a 30 something who has spent most of my life doing the geeky/boring things, you know, like buying a house at 21, becoming a local Councillor at 23, standing in a general election at 30. After 8 years in local politics and working in local government and after getting booted out of office by the electorate I had an early mid life crisis and decided to up sticks and move half way round the world to St Helena. Probably the first really interesting thing I’ve ever done and definitely the bravest.
I’m an economist by degree and profession and having worked for Leeds City Council as the Economic Policy Manager for what seemed like an awful lot of years I became the Chief Economist for the government here. Originally from Lincoln I’m a proud Yellerbelly and still love my home county, despite moving away to Lancaster University at 18 and staying away ever since. I moved to York straight after Uni and have lived there ever since, well, until now.
Politically I now describe myself as a Liberal and a Democrat which would probably and correctly lead you to think that I was a Liberal Democrat in the past. Unfortunately after 15 years as a member and an awful lot of elections I became disillusioned with all politics after the 2010 general elections, not the compromises that come with coalitions but the untruths that even the Lib Dems started telling and even believing themselves. I therefore left party politics and began volunteering for charities and local organisations where I could do something that I felt was important. I’d like to return to local politics one day, but probably not with a political party, despite how much I miss party conference.
I’m sport mad, love cricket, football (Everton) and horse racing in particular, but will watch anything, especially if it’s of a high quality and have played an awful lot both in the past and present, and hopefully the future too. But it’s the horse racing that I really miss from home. Missing my annual pilgrimage with dad to the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot leave me feeling more than a little homesick.