Jill Hope was a councillor in Northampton for 12 years. She has worked in the past with long-term unemployed people in the town, and has helped hundreds of people to start up their own businesses. Jill has lived in Northampton since 1976 and has raised her four children here.
A graduate in English with a postgraduate diploma in law, accountancy, statistics and economics, Jill has worked for a cross section of different employers including The University of Northampton and Business Link. As a councillor Jill helped many people locally with school admissions, disability tribunals and housing problems.
Asked why she wanted to become an MP Jill commented: “I am helping lots of local people with serious problems, the queue never gets any shorter. I thought about why that was, and realised that the problems arise from bad policies at Government level. Instead of patching up the wounded, I want to change the policies that cause the pain and suffering.”