Jo Hayes for Witham
About Jo Hayes, the Liberal Democrat prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Witham
Jo was born in Colchester, grew up near the edge of Witham Constituency and was educated at local schools. She is a barrister with chambers in London and is very familiar with commuting by train on the Great Eastern Mainline.
She has been a Borough Councillor, serving on several committees and as Heritage Champion. She successfully campaigned for action in her ward to reduce deadly air pollution from traffic exhaust emissions.
Jo has also served the Lib Dems in many capacities including as an elected member of the National Policy Committee and of the party's delegation to the ALDE group of liberal and democratic parties across Europe. She visited Belgrade and wrote a report on behalf of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Jo was a member of the Lib Dems' working party on Trident which reported last year. Earlier this year she was elected Chair of the East of England Region of the Liberal Democrats by members with over fifty per cent of the votes.
Jo campaigned passionately for Britain to stay in the EU in last year's referendum. She is continuing to campaign against Brexit, which she believes is based on a fraudulent referendum campaign, unwise, divisive, wasting billions of pounds of public money and impoverishing most of us: the least well off worst of all. She is closely observing developments and expects the Conservative Brexit Government's current course to be a disaster for the people of Witham and of the whole country, which could end with the dissolution of the United Kingdom. Currently she is writing a diary chronicling the story of Brexit as it happens.
Former Mayor of Witham, Barry Fleet said about Jo, "We have a truly dedicated and passionate local campaigner in Jo Hayes, who I am proud to support and who I know would make an extraordinarily hard-working MP for Witham."
Jo is fighting for a change in direction of the country to a Britain that is Open, Tolerant and United.
She will fight for investment in schools, college education, public services and adequate funding of the NHS.
Jo was second on the Lib Dem list for the European Parliament in the East of England in 2014, and previously stood for Parliament in Witham in 2015.