Fiona Hall was the Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for ten years, 2004-2014, and leader of the Lib Dem MEPs 2009-2014.
As an MEP, Fiona worked with North East companies to make sure that EU laws were supportive – for example with Nissan on electric car charging points. She played a key role in the establishment of strong 2020 goals to save energy and tackle climate change, and in the successful campaign to make lorry design safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
In the referendum campaign last year, she campaigned tirelessly to keep Britain in the EU and is committed to fighting a hard Brexit.
She says: “I shall continue to fight to keep the UK in the single market and for a second referendum on the terms of the final deal, with the option of staying in the EU on the ballot paper.”
Fiona is deeply concerned that a hard Brexit will cause an economic crash, threaten livelihoods in Northumberland and further reduce investment in public services that have already suffered crippling cuts under the Conservatives.
She says: “The Conservatives’ national funding formula for schools is a disaster, with schools in the Hexham constituency facing deep budget reductions and the loss of teachers.
“Our NHS and social services are facing one cut after another, with a result that the elderly are left unsupported and sick people face long, tiring journeys to Cramlington instead of being able to access 24-hour care in Hexham.
“We need to invest in our schools and hospitals and that is what the Lib Dems will do, with an extra £13bn already committed.”
Fiona has lived in Whittingham, Northumberland, since 1981. Before serving as an MEP she worked as a teacher and parliamentary researcher and chaired the Druridge Bay Campaign to stop nuclear power and sand extraction on the Northumberland coast. She has two grown-up daughters.
Labour has failed to select a candidate for Hexham with the general election just weeks away. The news has been revealed by the Liberal Democrats, who say that it shows Labour has “given up”.
There are over 340 constituencies Labour has still not selected for in England, including seven in the North East.
In contrast the Liberal Democrats have selected 92% of their candidates in England.
Liberal Democrat candidate Fiona Hall said:
“It seems that Labour have simply given up on places like Hexham.
“This election is now clearly a two-horse race between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.
“Labour claimed to be prepared for a general election, but many of their approved candidates are simply refusing to run under Jeremy Corbyn’s banner.
“And who can blame them? They see a leader who is ineffective and a party that is too divided to stand up for local people or fight against a hard Brexit.”