Liberal Democrat Candidate Helen Morgan met directors Patricia Mawuli Porter and Jonathan Porter to find out how they are promoting essential skills to a wider audience.
Liberal Democrat Candidate Helen Morgan visited local aviation firm Metal Seagulls Ltd on Friday to learn more about the light aircraft industry in the area and a special project plane registered G-WXYZ. The light aircraft has been built by Patricia with a team of around 300 volunteers keen to learn new skills, 75% of whom were women and/or under 25. The Zenair CH750 STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) plane is now complete. Having completed its test flight programme it will be sold to raise funds for the next exciting project at Metal Seagulls, which will give even more youngsters much needed hands-on experience of engineering in aviation.
Patricia is the first civilian Ghanaian woman to obtain a Ghanaian Pilots licence, the only black female aircraft inspector in the UK for the Light Aircraft Association and British Microlight Aircraft Association, and she is the only woman worldwide to be factory trained by Rotax Aircraft Engines and ULPower Aero Engines… and is now running an aviation business with her husband at Sleap Aerodrome in Shropshire.
Helen said “Patricia is an inspiration to women who might not have considered a career in engineering. As our industries become more automated, engineering skills will be increasingly important, but many women lack the confidence to enter traditionally male occupations. The G-WXYZ project has provided valuable insight for a huge number of young people, and we are lucky to have Metal Seagulls in North Shropshire.”
Metal Seagulls director Jonathan said: “It is a pleasure to receive a parliamentary candidate who shows such a genuine interest local development, was down to earth and shared the same values and beliefs as we do in relation to the needs of business and young people in Shropshire. We wish Helen every success and believe that she will make an outstanding MP for North Shropshire.”
Helen Morgan selected as Lib Dem PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) for North Shropshire by Members at a packed meeting in Wem. Members at a well-attended meeting in Wem voted to select Helen as their PPC.
LIB DEMS CHOOSE DYNAMIC CANDIDATE TO FIGHT ELECTION
Helen Morgan, a Chartered Accountant, mother and community campaigner has been selected by local North Shropshire Liberal Democrat members as their candidate to fight the next General Election. Helen Morgan, who lives with her young family in Harmer Hill works for a prominent North Shropshire business as their accountant.
Speaking about her selection Helen said:
“I am delighted that members have selected me to be their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election. The General Election could happen in a matter of weeks. Both the Conservative and Labour parties are gripped by crises and infighting.
“Not only is Brexit likely to be a disaster for North Shropshire, it has led to increasing extremism in British politcs, with trust in politicians at a historic low. Many voters feel that the two main parties of the past century no longer reflect their values.
“We need politicians who will act in the interests of their constituency and country, whose standards of behaviour are civilised, whose motivations are not clouded by personal ambition or financial gain, and whose opinions withstand rational challenge. I can meet these standards, and with the positiive message of the Liberal Democrats, inspire voters of all ages, defend our liberal values and make a difference at a local and national level.
“Under Jo Swinson’s leadership, I believe that the Liberal Democrats are strongly placed to respond to the needs of the country and more locally in Shropshire. Britain rightly demands better than the mess we are in.”
David Walker, Chair of North Shropshire Liberal Democrats, said:
“The Liberal Democrats are surging nationally and locally with booming membership levels following our best ever Local Election and European Election results. In North Shropshire, our membership has grown by over 44% since the beginning of May. In Shropshire, we came 2nd in the European Elections and returned Phil Bennion to the European Parliament.
“In local council by-elections up and down the country Lib Dems are gaining seats with massive swings from the Conservatives. We were leading in one national opinion poll and are consistently now on a par with the old parties. The recent addition of Chuka Umunna and victory in Brecon and Radnorshire shows that the Liberal Democrats are also back in the game at Parliamentary level.
“We are overjoyed to have such a high calibre PPC as Helen to take on the Conservatives at the next General Election. For far too long the electors of North Shropshire have been taken for granted at local and parliamentary level. Helen will allow us to build upon our growth and campaign for the open and fair society we all need and demand.
“People are working hard, paying their taxes, doing their part, and yet, for far far too many people, they’re not able to get a fair wage, afford a home or generally build a good life. That’s not how it should be.
“We will be the voice for millions of voters who feel powerless and frustrated at the direction our country is taking. The Liberal Democrats demand better and will deliver real change. Helen will have a critical role to play in delivering that change.”
Farmer and MEP Dr Phil Bennion said:
“I am delighted by Helen’s selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire.
“Brexit has caused the biggest crisis in our politics since the war and a general election this autumn is very possibly the only way we are going to break the impasse which is paralysing our government. Thousands of people who never thought of themselves as political before are now joining us, hundreds in Shropshire alone.
“Helen has experience and commitment and understands the perspective of ordinary North Shropshire people who do not buy into the extreme Brexit ideology for which their current MP has become a high priest.
“I am convinced that Owen Paterson’s faith in a no deal Brexit, which is not what he promised in the two debates I had with him during the referendum, is not shared by a majority of his constituents. They stand to lose so much from local disruption to agriculture and trade.
“With Labour hopelessly split, Helen offers a serious challenge as the leading candidate for Remain.”
Over the last weekend, we have held an Action Weekend in Market Drayton. Spreading our message: to Stop Brexit vote Libdems.
We had helpers come from Stafford and Tipton. Indeed we also had a helper turn up, who wasn’t a member or a registered supporter. They were an ex-Labour member, who had gone out of their way to find our action day on the Liberal Democrats Local Events Page and had gotten in touch. They helped on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday they decided to join the Liberal Democrats!
The reception as we went around Market Drayton was very good. Mirroring the mood we are seeing nationally. The Conservatives and Labour are in freefall and have no answers to the biggest issue of the day. The Liberal Democrats are the strongest remain party and we are gathering momentum every day as 1000s of people joining the party – over 3,000 joined in the two weeks after the Local Elections.
The latest YouGov Westminster poll only a 6% spread between Labour, Conservatives, Brexit and Lib Dems
Labour: 24% (-16)
Conservatives: 24% (-18)
BREX: 18% (+18) LiBDEMS: 18% (+11)
Green: 6% (+4)
CHUK: 2% (+2)
UKIP: 2% (-)
These polls are our best for years and follow our best set of local election results ever! It is clear the Liberal Democrats have the momentum, that we are the strongest remain party and remainers need to back the Lib Dems to stop Brexit. The D’Hondt form of PR for the Euro Elections on May 23rd is biased towards big party blocks – effectively rounding works upwards rather than pure PR where seats are allocated based on the proportion of votes cast for each party. So the more people who support the Liberal Democrats the better. We can top the poll if people back us. Pledge your support here: I’m Voting Liberal Democrats on the 23rd of May
Our messages are clear on simple ahead of polling day on Thursday 23rd of May
To Stop Brexit vote Libdems and Bollocks to Brexit
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Now all the counts are it is official. The Liberal Democrats have secured their best election results for 15 years.
We held every single Council and Mayoralty we were defending including, Eastleigh, South Lakeland, Sutton, Cheltenham and Watford.
And we took control of Richmond, South Cambridgeshire, Three Rivers and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Topping it off, we’ve gained seats across the country in Hull, Liverpool, Cambridge, Sunderland, Gosport, Merton, Portsmouth, Sheffield, St Albans, Winchester, Bolton, Barnsley (electing our first councillor in eight years with a massive majority!) and Haringey and in many, many more!