Posted on 12/03/2021Comments Off on VALERIE ASTLES

When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come? 

December 2017. I believed Brexit was very bad for the UK, racist and that the referendum had illegal influence. 

Roughly how old are you?


How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?

Twice per week until January 2020.

How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?

10 miles, 1 hour.

What’s your favourite memory?

Impromptu march with Steve Bray to Downing Street. 

Tell me your story

I’m a retired nurse who has worked with many European nurses. My father fought in WW2 and was captured, spending 2 years as a prisoner of war with men from other EU countries. He vowed to support European unity for peace after the war. My daughter has a shop with staff from several EU countries and stock that comes from Italy, France, Belgium. My son, whose work will be devastated by leaving, makes beautiful artworks from neon.  My step-son and his wife are affected by the loss of research funding – both are professors at Sheffield University in the field of magnetic research and quantum dots. I’ve lost many friends who have left UK due to Brexit. 

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