Lucy Allan (politician)

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Lucy Allan
MP
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Lucy Allan (March 2014)
Member of Parliament for Telford
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by David Wright
Majority 730 (1.8%)
Personal details
Born Lucy Elizabeth Allan
(1964-10-02) 2 October 1964 (age 50)
Worcestershire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Children 1
Alma mater
Occupation Campaigner
Website Official website

Lucy Elizabeth Allan is a Conservative Party British politician, current Member of Parliament (MP) for Telford, and a family rights campaigner. 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 2006-12.[4] In March 2013, she 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 Employment Law.[citation needed]

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]

Allan was elected as a local councillor to Wandsworth Council in London in 2006 where she served until 2012.[9]

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, she was selected as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate to contest the marginal constituency of Telford in the 2015 General Election. [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 Governor of Riversdale School.[13] In 2013, she became a Governor of Holmer Lake Primary School in Telford. She served on adoption and fostering panels between 2006-12. In 2007, she served on a Pupil Referral Unit Management Board. In 2008, she became a Trustee of a domestic violence charity. As a councillor, Allan 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. She 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, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph,[15] and The London Evening Standard covered her campaign.

She 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] She 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 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Former councillor launches child protection petition". Wandsworthguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Borough Council Elections May 2010". Wandsworth Council Government. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "councillorallan". Sites.google.com. 27 November 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Share The Facts". Conservatives.com. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Conservativehome". Conservativehome.blogs.com. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lucy Elizabeth Allan profile". Company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ "Wandsworth Council press release". Wandsworth Council Government. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lucy Allan selected for Telford". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Would-be MP is campaigning to make hospital parking free". Shropshirestar.com. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  11. ^ "writes to Transport Secretary about direct rail link". Lucyallan.com. 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2015-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Campaigns". Lucyallan.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Riversdale Primary School website". Riversdaleprimaryschool.co.uk. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Karren Brady pays tribute to tragic Georgia Williams". Shropshire Star. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "A depressing tale of a mother seeking help". The Times. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Improving Child Protection". Facebook.com. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Family First on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Wright
Member of Parliament for Telford
2015 – present
Incumbent