Mhairi Doyle MBE has lived in Southport since 1988, having moved here from Edinburgh where she was born and brought up.
Until she retired in 2012, she worked for Department of Work and Pensions, where she was Social Inclusion Manager for Merseyside. She has vast experience of dealing with vulnerable people and disadvantaged clients and worked at local, regional and national levels developing policy to change lives.
Since retirement she has become a trustee and board member with several organisations, Bosco House in Bootle, Wirral YMCA, New Start Homes, all organisations dealing with homelessness. 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. Mhairi is also involved with The Social Partnership, an employment and training organisation, and The Spider Project, both organisations that work with people in recovery from substance misuse or mental health issues.
She was awarded her MBE for services to social inclusion, in the New Year’s Honours 2013.
Mhairi says, “I have always been a socialist, but 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 got the Tories. I wrote to John Pugh and told him I would never vote for him again.
I joined the Labour party when I retired from the Civil Service, and I am active member 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, that my grandson, when he goes to university next year, will leave at the end of his course with over £50,000 of debt. I don’t think it is fair that this government is starving our local councils of money, and forcing them to close libraries, and leisure centres with a lot worse to come.
I want to fight for the people of Norwood who deserve better than this."