Jonathan Smith feels privileged to have become the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oldham East and Saddleworth. He has joined a hard-working team, which intends, over the next 3 years, to win more Borough Council seats, more Parish Council seats, and, ultimately, the Constituency (or its successor) at the General Election in 2020.
Jonathan has worked at a senior level in both local government and the NHS: as Director of Social Services and Strategic Director, and Chief Executive, respectively. He has a deep-seated commitment to public service, to protecting the vulnerable, and to advocating for those least able to do so for themselves. He is greatly troubled by the successive denuding of powers from local government, and by the failure, by public agencies, to hold a stronger oversight over providers of services.
He lives with his wife of 42 years, and has children and grand-children, both in this country and abroad. His family life has given him real insights into the needs of carers, the elderly, and young people. He has lived in Greater Manchester for over 23 years, and has worked in Tameside (for 6 years), Rochdale and Manchester.
Jonathan put himself forward for Parliament, following his sense of shock and unfairness after the 2015 General Election. Whilst recognising that mistakes were made, he is proud of what the Lib Dems achieved in the Coalition Government. He is passionate about the need for a strong Lib Dem presence in Parliament, so that the forces of intolerance, division, and protectionism can be defeated, both here and abroad.
He is working alongside the team in Oldham East and Saddleworth to boost the participation of local members and supporters, and to raise the public profile of the Lib Dems in a seat they have won before, and will win again!
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