Alison is a Cambridge graduate who had a successful business career before moving to Hurstpierpoint in 2012 to raise her family. She joined the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 General Election and became active in politics during the 2016 referendum – she has been a consistent campaigner against Brexit from the very beginning. Her campaigning instincts led her to successfully contest her local council elections, causing a major upset for a traditionally Conservative ward.
She currently holds the position of Liberal Democrat Group Opposition Leader on Mid Sussex District Council. Alison grew up in rural Gloucestershire where her mother, a primary school teacher, and father, who served in the Army, settled. Her upbringing taught her to be brave, kind, and to stand up for what she believes in. Before focusing on raising her family, Alison’s career included commercial roles at British Airways, Powergen and Legal & General. She is the opposite of a career politician.
Like so many, she was appalled by the rise of populism and the election of Trump in America. This led Alison to conclude that, while she was unable to influence events across the Atlantic, she could take a stand in her local area.
Alison’s victory in the District Council elections made her realise politics was changing. If the Liberal Democrats could win in Hurstpierpoint, they could win in Arundel and South Downs.
For too long voters have been let down by a binary electoral system. A system offering a choice between an anti-EU Conservative Party and a hard left, Eurosceptic Labour leadership.
Alison is offering voters a real choice. She is building a compassionate, outward looking and credible political force. She is doing this in a rural heartland which Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have always taken for granted.