Mhairi Doyle MBE has lived in Southport since 1988, having moved here from Edinburgh where she was born and brought up.
“When I moved here I was told, as many of us were, that a vote for Labour was a wasted vote. So, to keep the Tories out I voted LibDem until 2010, when I voted LibDem and still got the Tories. Even worse, they took part in and enabled all the devastating cuts still affecting us today. I wrote to John Pugh and told him I would never vote for him or the Lib-Dems again."
"I joined the Labour party when I retired from the Civil Service and I am now Chair of the constituency party. I have spent most of my adult life in public service, helping people on a practical level, and I believe in a fair and just society, where anyone, whatever their background, is able to fulfil their potential."
" I don’t think it is fair that our NHS is being sold off piece by piece or that my grandson when he gets out of university, will leave with over £50,000 of debt. I don’t think it is fair that the Tories and Lib-Dems have starved our local council of money, forcing them into such difficult decisions over services and amenities and then stand back and blithely criticise when they are the very reason it is happening.!
"I want to fight for the people of Norwood who deserve better than this. We are already working in the area, through our two councillors Bill and Marianne; through our GAIN group action project and through the work I personally do helping local residents. I am committed to you and your community."
Until she retired in 2012, Mhairi worked for the Department of Work and Pensions, where she was Social Inclusion Manager for Merseyside. She has vast experience in dealing with vulnerable people and disadvantaged clients and worked at local, regional and national levels developing policy to help change lives. She retired because she felt the department was being misused politically.
Since retirement, Mhairi has become a trustee and board member of homelessness organisations, such as Bosco House in Bootle and New Start Homes, and also the Spider Project, which works with people in recovery from substance misuse or mental health issues.
She was heavily involved in setting up the Sefton Supported Housing Group (SSHG) consortium which successfully bid for the single homeless contract with Sefton Council.
She was awarded her MBE for services to social inclusion, in the New Year’s Honours 2013.