Rebecca Hanson taught maths in secondary schools facing many challenges before lecturing in maths education at Manchester Metropolitan University and for the Open University. She has delivered national and international projects in education, is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and runs her own teacher training business.
Rebecca joined the Lib Dems after Conservative MP Michael Gove’s decision to block consultation on education policy. She worked for three years on our national education policy development and now has unique expertise in public sector regulation policy.
As a councillor, Rebecca played a key role in saving her local NHS maternity services and is now working to sort out the UK’s worst youth mental health crisis. Her book ‘Healthcare Coproduction – A Personal Account’ gives some insight into how she has addressed these issues.
Rebecca won her County seat with a 50% vote swing from the Conservatives. She was a high-profile Lib Dem by-election candidate in 2017, when she became the first parliamentary candidate to live-stream every night – taking questions in real time.
Rebecca is a respected environmental campaigner who successfully proposed Cumbria County Council’s policy to make the whole of Cumbria (not just the Council) carbon neutral. She is now working on carbon neutrality and biodiversity.
Currently, Rebecca shares her time between Bootle (where her husband works and her daughter is at a local state primary) and Cockermouth Cumbria, while she completes her term as County Councillor. Since being appointed as the parliamentary candidate for Bootle, she has met with many people across the constituency and got to know their concerns. She is actively campaigning to reduce pollution around the A5036 in Litherland and is working to inspire young people enter politics and believe they can make a difference.