Julie Ireland has lived in Beckenham for 25 years where she has brought up her two children on her own. She set up her own IT consultancy business so that she could work around her children’s needs.
Julie has voted for and always been a supporter of the Liberal Democrats, but only joined the party in April 2015 when it became clear that the party was going to be severely punished by voters for their role in the coalition government. “I suddenly realised that there was not going to be a Liberal Democrat party for my children – and their children – to vote for unless people like me stepped up – and so I joined”. After less than a year in the party Julie stood as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Bexley and Bromley constituency of the London Assembly. She’s now secretary of the local party and works hard to make sure that the Liberal Democrat message reaches her local community.
Julie is an outspoken critic of the effect of the cuts on the education system. She studied for a BSc from the Open University in her 40’s which she says was life changing, but it’s clear that adult education is one of the early (and often overlooked) casualties of the savage cuts being experienced by all parts of the education system. Julie is particularly concerned about the widening gap in educational attainment between richer and poorer children.
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