When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
2018, I think. I had been impressed by Steve’s determination and wanted to help support him and the rest of SODEM.
Roughly how old are you?
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
Not frequently, but 5 or 6 times in total. The last time was probably autumn 2019.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
I live in Cheltenham and it took me about 4-4.5 hours.
What’s your favourite memory?
Singing ‘Ode to Joy’ with the soprano [Dame Sarah Connolly, CBE].
Tell me your story
My first political act was delivering leaflets for Labour’s Keep Britain In campaign for the first referendum, furious because I was too young to vote. I went on to study and teach German and French, and spent time working in Germany. My own older children studied and worked in Germany and France, and met their men through the Erasmus programme. Like me, they have benefitted from the opportunity to spread their wings and grow and I want other young people to have that chance too. One daughter has settled in Paris and is in the final stage of becoming a French citizen, and I want no barriers between us. I think as a European, read the European press and books, watch European TV, cook European recipes, knit European patterns, listen to European music. It broadens my world and increases my chances of finding happiness.
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