Lucy Allan (Conservative politician)

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Lucy Allan
Photo of Lucy Allan
Lucy Allan (March 2014)
Born Lucy Elizabeth Allan
(1964-10-02) 2 October 1964 (age 50)
Worcestershire, England
Nationality British
Alma mater
Occupation Campaigner
Political party
Conservative Party
Spouse(s) Married since 1991
Children 1 son
Website
LucyAllan.com

Lucy Allan is a family rights campaigner from the United Kingdom. Following a high profile media campaign, based on her own family's experience, she founded Family First Group,[1] a lobby group which campaigns to reduce the number of children in state care, for improvements to the UK child protection system and support for families affected by it.[2] She was a Councillor [3] in the London Borough of Wandsworth from 2006[4] to 2012. In March 2013, Allan was selected as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate to contest the constituency of Telford at the 2015 General Election.[5]

Background and Education[edit]

Originally from Worcestershire, she is the daughter of a farmer and a teacher, Allan was educated at Durham University and Kingston Law school. She has a degree in Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Law.

Professional career[edit]

Allan joined PricewaterhouseCoopers[6] as a trainee in 1987, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and specialised in business turnaround. In 1994 she moved into Investment Management, reaching director level. In 2004, after being made redundant, Allan set up Workplace Law Ltd[7] providing advocacy and advice services to workers. In 2009 Allan became a Non Executive Director of Wandsworth NHS.[8] She served as a judicial office holder for the Ministry of Justice from 2008 until 2013.

Political career[edit]

Lucy was elected as a local councillor to Wandsworth Council in London in 2006 where she served until 2012.[9] In 2011 after Allan made a routine visit to her GP seeking help with symptoms of depression, Wandsworth Council launched a child protection investigation, claiming Allan's 10-year-old son was at risk of significant harm; in the wake of the controversy which followed, Allan stood down from the Council, and from her directorship with the NHS. Two and a half years later, Wandsworth Council concluded that Allan's son had not been at risk, and had been 'happy, safe and well.' In March 2013 Allan was selected as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate to contest the marginal constituency of Telford at the 2015 General Election. She is a campaigner in the town, launching a popular campaign to scrap car parking charges at the local hospital,[10] fighting for a direct rail link to London from the town[11] and aims to tackle the high rate of youth unemployment in Telford.[12]

Community and Voluntary[edit]

Between 2006 and 2012 she was a School Governor of Riversdale School, Wandsworth.[13] In 2013 Lucy became a Governor of Holmer Lake Primary School in Telford. Allan served on adoption and fostering panels in Wandsworth, South London between 2006 and 2012. In 2007 she served on a Pupil Referral Unit Management Board in Wandsworth. In 2008 she became a Trustee of a domestic violence charity, Women's Aid Federation of England. As a councillor Lucy became chairman of a Safer Neighbourhoods Panel with the local police, helped spearhead a graffiti watch scheme, and worked with residents to clean up litter and curb anti-social behaviour. Since moving to Telford she has become a supporter of the Telford Food Bank and has also organized events aimed at encouraging women to start careers in business.[14]

Family First Campaign[edit]

In 2012 Allan fronted a media campaign on child protection injustice. She appeared on ITV's This Morning and BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Times,[15] The London Evening Standard and local media also covered Allan's campaign. Camilla Cavendish Deputy Editor of The Times, featured Allan in a 3,000 word article. Allan used the media coverage to build a political profile for the Family First Campaign, working with Ministers, children's charities, and families to identify and remedy shortcomings in the child protection system.[16][better source needed] Lucy most recently participated in a documentary for ITV on this subject: Exposure: Don't take my child. Family First uses social media to raise awareness and influence policy.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family First Campaign Website". Familyfirstgroup.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Former councillor launches child protection petition (From Wandsworth Guardian)". Wandsworthguardian.co.uk. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Borough Council Elections May 2010". Wandsworth Council Government. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "councillorallan - cllrlucyallan". Sites.google.com. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Conservativehome Website". Conservativehome.blogs.com. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Lucy Elizabeth Allan - free company director check. Director id 908443483 - Companies House Information". Company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ "Wandsworth Council press release". Wandsworth Council Government. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  9. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/News/News_stories/2013/03/Lucy_Allan_selected_for_Telford.aspx. Retrieved 2014-02-12.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/01/25/would-be-mp-is-campaigning-to-make-hospital-parking-free/
  11. ^ http://www.lucyallan.com/news/lucy-allan-writes-transport-secretary-about-direct-rail-link
  12. ^ http://www.lucyallan.com/campaigns/get-young-people-work
  13. ^ "Riversdale Primary School website". Riversdaleprimaryschool.co.uk. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  14. ^ "Karren Brady pays tribute to tragic Georgia Williams". Shropshire Star. 2014-08-02. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  15. ^ Last updated at 12:01AM, April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12). "A depressing tale of a mother seeking help". The Times. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  16. ^ Improving UK Child Protection Legislation393 likes (2012-11-22). "Improving Child Protection". facebook. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  17. ^ "Family First on Twitter". Twitter.com. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-03-14.