Fiona Colley – your candidate in the General Election

The Labour candidate for Woking in the General Election on June 8th is Fiona Colley.

Fiona oversees one of London’s largest local authorities budgets at a time of extreme government funding cuts. She prioritises delivering high-quality public services, supporting economic growth and improving the local neighbourhood, all whilst keeping Southwark’s council tax more than £500 a year lower than the Tories manage in Woking.

Fiona studied Economics at Cambridge and later undertook further part-time study and gained an MSc in Finance from Birkbeck College, London.

Fiona previously worked as an investment manager with responsibility for a number of pension and retail investment funds and also as a Transport Policy researcher. She has also served as chair of two small charities and is a non-executive director of a Business Improvement District.

Fiona is 42 and lives in South London with her husband David and son Tommy.

Fiona writes:

When Theresa May called the General Election I knew I needed to take the chance to represent Woking.

My parents have lived in Woking for 20 years and over the last couple of years I’ve seen first hand how the Conservative cuts have been damaging the health and social care services here. My Mum was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2015 and whilst I have nothing but praise for the nurses, doctors and care workers we’ve met, they are overstretched and things are getting worse.

The care workers sent to help her were paid a pittance on zero hours contracts with no job security. At the hospital every nurse we met was agency rather than permanent. And this year the cuts even hit the day services at Woking Hospice.

It is vulnerable elderly and disabled people who are suffering as a result of these cuts and I’m standing in this election to speak up for them.

People haven’t forgotten that the LibDems were in coalition with the Tories, that’s why they dropped to third in Woking at the last general election. At this election in Woking it’s a choice between a Tory MP who serves the interests of the few or a Labour MP fighting for better public services and an economy that works for the many.

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