Mytholmroyd businesswoman, florist and shopkeeper Stephne Harrison has been selected to contest the White Lee by-election on Hebden Royd Town Council. This by-election was triggered by the resignation of a Green Councillor. Find out more about why Stephne is standing for the Liberal Democrats:
I moved from London to Mytholmroyd just over three years ago. I live with my family on Nest Estate and am actively involved in the community, a trustee of Mytholmroyd Regeneration Partnership (often referred to as Royd Regen). I also sit on the Royd Town Board as a representative for local businesses, and am a founding member of the Mytholmroyd Business Network. I have played a role in the stakeholder workshops related to establishing flood defences and have also contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan and will continue to ensure a robust voice and vested interest for Mytholmroyd and its residents in any future developments.
I am supporting the local campaign to save the Stroke unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, and working with local residents to set up a friends of White Lee park.
When I moved to Mytholmroyd, I invested in building a business in the village, driven by my passion to be part off, contribute to, and serve the community. I value what the community has to offer and enjoy being part of it.
I am a florist by trade and currently work from home providing a bespoke service for wedding and funeral flowers, following the loss of my retail unit due to developments related to works associated with the flood defences.
I am passionate about investing in my local community and contributing to the development of a number of local initiatives that enhance the environment we live in, and create investment, prospects, and opportunities. I played an instrumental role in setting up our local and active business network and value working collaboratively with both businesses and local community organisations to achieve the best possible outcomes for the whole community
I strongly believe in equality for all, have strong views about ensuring choice and opportunities, in particular those afforded to our future generations and the elderly. I support all fair and just initiatives that contribute to sustaining and developing efficient, reliable education systems, health services, and adequate, sufficient, suitable housing solutions, supported by adequate infrastructure.
Furthermore, I am driven to take robust action and campaigning which will contribute to protecting the environment as well as taking small steps such as shopping locally, driving less, making conscious decisions to reduce the amount of packaging used in our purchases, and raising the awareness associated with farming the food we eat, etc.
The policies and manifesto of the Liberal Democrats are very close to my heart in that they represent my views and provide a unique platform from which to represent the local community, and stand up and be counted.
I would really value this opportunity to represent the community and promise to make a commitment to playing a valuable role in representing the White Lee Ward and developing the community as a whole.