About the Watford Liberal Democrats:
The Watford Liberal Democrats exist to create a stronger economy and a fairer society in Watford.
Local people know that we fight hard for them. Whether it is campaigning against Tory bus cuts, getting residents views heard on issues like the Boundary Way development or bringing investment to the centre of town, local Lib Dems are working for Watford.
About Mayor Dorothy:
Dorothy has lived in Watford since 1981. Before becoming mayor, she had been a teacher in Hertfordshire for 25 years - ending as Assistant Head of Queens School, Bushey.
She was first elected to be Watford's Mayor in 2002 (having been a councillor since 1992) and has been re elected an amazing 3 times since! She has a strong record of delivery including transforming the Council after the mess Labour left behind and fighting cuts from Tory run Herts County Council.
In her spare time Dorothy enjoys reading, watching rugby and football (she is an Honorary Vice-President of Watford FC) and visiting old churches. She is married to fellow Lib Dem Iain Sharpe and has two children, Ben and Laura.
About Ian Stotesbury:
Working for Watford, Ian has led multiple campaigns to restore cut transport services, protect the Abbey Line rail link, maintain and improve local roads and green spaces and petitioned against local cuts from county council.
Born in Petts Wood, Bromley, Ian Stotesbury attended Ravenswood School before studying Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham. He grew up in a safe Conservative seat before moving to Birmingham where he first experienced active campaigns, outraged at the complacency so often seen in safe seats. After completing his degree in Physics he attended Cranfield University to study a degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering.
Ian is a passionate scientist, engineer and environmentalist. In his role as a Systems Engineer in the Space Industry he works on the design of spacecraft. He has been involved in the manufacture, test and launch of a number of spacecraft for both public and private customers.
The motivation for Ian to enter politics is to represent Watford as a hardworking but above all approachable MP for its constituents and be a voice for evidence based policy. He believes in government transparency and openness. He pledges to work tirelessly for Watford and the UK’s interest and set a new standard for approachability and accountability in parliament with highly regular updates of ongoing work, policy decisions and surgeries.