Lizzi was elected to the county council in May 2016, only two years after joining the Labour party. After many years being interested and active in non-party politics, Lizzi joined the party to help fight against the destruction of public services by the coalition government. Lizzi feels that it’s a testament to the local party and its activists that she felt so at home so quickly.
Born in Blackburn, then growing up in rural Cumbria, Lizzi has lived in Lancaster for the last 11 years and now lives with her husband and their young son in Freehold. Leaving school after her GCSEs, Lizzi spent many years working in catering before going to the University of Central Lancashire as a mature student. On graduating, with a first class honours degree in Spanish and Politics, Lizzi joined the county council graduate scheme, working in school support services and public health, where she was part of the substance misuse commissioning team. After three years, Lizzi left the county council as part of the staffing reductions due to the funding cuts by central government.
As well as undertaking case work, helping out members of the community and attending the usual council meetings, Lizzi is also a member of the council scrutiny committee, which reviews and scrutinises the decisions and actions of the County Council and external partners. Lizzi also works for the local NHS supporting mental health research at Lancaster University.
A passionate advocate for good public services and the interests of ordinary people, Lizzi believes that everyone in the community should have a stake in local and national politics. Her main interests are health and social care and her political passions include equality for all and ensuring a voice for the most vulnerable.
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Chris has been a member of the Labour Party for many years. She stood as a candidate in 2013 due to her concerns about the future of public services in the current political climate.
Chris was born in Wallasey but her family moved to Oldham (then part of Lancashire) 18 months later. Brought up in Oldham, she attended the local primary school and then earned a place to a direct grant grammar school in Manchester. She moved to Lancaster upon marriage in 1967, following completion of an intensive secretarial course.
Chris raised a family of 3 sons in Lancaster and has lived in the Lancaster South area for 44 years. She worked in administration at the then Castle School (now Central) and the University before becoming a mature student at Lancaster University, gaining a first class honours degree in Social Work and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work in 1992. She married Stanley Henig in 2002.
Chris has been a field social worker for Children and Families and Older Adults teams, and a senior social worker for Adults with Learning Disabilities. She worked for Lancashire and Ofsted as a Child Care Inspector, registering and inspecting childminders, nurseries, playgroups, breakfast and after school clubs, and summer playschemes in the North West. Prior to her recent retirement, she was one of two Independent Reviewing Officers for Foster Carers in Lancashire.
Chris’s particular interests are Children’s Integrated Services (which covers both Education and Child Care), Social Care (Care for Adults – including older people, learning disabilities, mental health), and the Environment, including recycling. These are all major county council responsibilities.
A previous post, working for Marsh Agelink on the Marsh estate in Lancaster, also gave Chris a hands-on understanding of the needs and wishes of older local people, and the positives that working directly with people within a community can bring.
Chris is keen to meet local people and listen to their views. Also to ensure that these views are shared with those who can make a difference – elected Labour county councillors and city councillors.
Chris was elected to Lancashire County Council on 2nd May 2013.
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