Having lived in East Bergholt for the first 20 years of her life, Grace has a strong knowledge of local issues including housing, education and transport.
Grace attended local schools, and therefore has a strong attachment to the area. Grace will be working with local councillors and residents over the coming months to deepen her knowledge of issues affecting local people and to help develop potential solutions to local problems.
Grace was first attracted to the Liberal Democrats at the age of 16 by the party’s emphasis on social mobility, liberal values, and the environment. She wants to become an MP so that she can fight for those values in Parliament. As a young candidate, she aims to engage more young people in politics. Grace is a Young Ambassador for the Diana Award, which recognises the achievements of extraordinary young people and aims to promote a better image of young people in public debate. She has also volunteered as a Youth Leader for the gay rights charity Stonewall.
For the past three years, Grace has worked with health and disability charities, helping them to realise their public affairs and campaigns strategies. She is particularly interested in mental health, and has campaigned for better visibility and advocacy for mental health in the workplace.
Councillor David Busby, Chair of Babergh Liberal Democrats, commented: "We are extremely fortunate to have such an outstanding candidate. Grace would be a huge asset for the people of South Suffolk as their MP. We need someone who not only understands the local issues but also has the drive and political awareness to get them resolved. It is time we handed over the baton to the next generation and Grace is the perfect person to engage with both the young and the experienced."