Former Leader of South Shropshire District Council and Shropshire Councillor Heather Kidd has been chosen to take on Philip Dunne in the general election. Heather is well known for her campaigns for the health service, schools and better broadband and mobile phone signal in our very rural constituency. She also pioneered affordable housing policies which delivered affordable housing to rent and buy in South Shropshire.
Heather was born up in rural West Sussex and is the granddaughter of a farmer and gamekeeper. She graduated from London University with a degree in Biology. Heather is married with 4 daughters who all live locally and she has lived in Chirbury for 30 years. She has one grandson.
Heather taught science at the Community College, Bishops Castle, and prior to that in London and West Sussex. She has been a governor at both primary and secondary schools in Shropshire and has a real insight into the issues facing schools. Two of her daughters were born at the Royal Shrewsbury and just last year her daughter (a nurse at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen) gave birth at the Princess Royal Hospital after a blue light ambulance ride. Heather is truly embedded in Ludlow constituency and uses its services widely. Heather said:
“The last few years of Conservative Government have destroyed house building for our local families to buy – the planning system now delivers for the developer and the better off. We are also facing cuts to our school budgets and an unaccountable health service which lurches from one crisis to another. Shropshire must now have fair funding for health, schools and adult social care. It is time the people of Ludlow and Bridgnorth had a campaigning MP who stands up for our residents and makes our voice heard across both the county and the country. An MP who is able to fight alongside constituents to deliver our fair share.”
Heather stood against Philip Dunne in 2010 and came a very good second with 15,971 votes.
South Shropshire Lib Dems – Heather is third from right