Strong local connections
Born to North East parents, Shirley returned to her roots ten years ago, moving to South Shields to build a family here with her husband. They have an eight year old son and care deeply about their local community.
Shirley was born in London and when she was seven her family moved to Selby for four years, then back to London to attend secondary school as a direct grant pupil at North London Collegiate School. She studied Social Anthropology at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Working for our future
Shirley enjoys her work at a local primary school in a disadvantaged community, driving a community project which works with parents to improve school attendance. She also helps run the Deaf children's club in South Tyneside.
A campaigner for over 20 years
After volunteering in Kenya on a safe drinking water project, Shirley worked for ten years in human rights and anti-poverty campaigning, including lobbying the UK government, the European Union and the UN. She has been active in Women in Black against injustice, war and militarism, Campaign Against the Arms Trade and the local Stop the War Coalition.
Shirley is an active member of the local South Tyneside Green Party and the regional North East Green Party. We are currently working against a planned incinerator for South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland, and calling instead for a radical zero waste strategy. We are linking up with campaigners in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, to oppose any new incinerator there.
Shirley has also taken a lead on campaigning to bring back glass bottles for school milk, since they were replaced by cartons last year across South Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland.