Elfreda Tealby-Watson has been based in East Anglia much of her life, having family connections with the Newmarket area.
Her career outside politics has been varied. She started in accountancy then moved into fundraising and project management. She has worked freelance in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, across the UK and in Europe. Local clients included the YWCA and commercial radio. Elfreda enjoys community work, currently as a school governor. She was a parish and district councillor, and fought two Essex constituencies in previous general elections.
Elfreda and her family have been carers for her elderly mother, suffering from dementia. Since the last election Elfreda has focused on this, and home life with her daughters. Although Elfreda undertook relatives' training with the Alzheimer’s society, her mother is now in full-time professional care. Last year Elfreda started the major refurbishment of her house, putting her project management skills to a new use.
Elfreda studied History at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She also has a post graduate degree in American Politics and a BTec in Fine Art and Design. She enjoys local life, especially musically, and goes racing at Newmarket.