Gina Dowding - former MEP for the North West in the European parliament in May 2019 (visit Gina's website as an MEP here).
Gina has had a seat on Lancashire County Council representing Lancaster Central since May 2013, and was re-elected to to Lancaster City Council in May 2019 (Marsh ward), having formerly been an active City Councillor for eight years and member of the cabinet between 1999 and 2007.
Gina has lived in Lancaster for over 30 years and now lives in the city centre with her partner, her two sons having recently left home. She has a background in Public Health in the NHS and project management in local charities.
Lancashire County Councillor priorities:
In 2016, Gina chaired the Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee, aiming to ensure good practice in all areas of children’s services across the County.
She is on the Health Scrutiny Committee, determined to fight for Lancaster's full range of quality health services despite government cuts, and ensure transparency regarding the ever changing 'accountable care plans' being adopted as part of NHS and Adult social care changes. Gina has had success as a member of the Lancashire Pension Fund committee in promoting responsible and ethical investment, and is campaigning for fossil fuel divestment.
In addition to her work at County Hall, Gina is active within the area arguing for local road improvements and for better cycling and walking provision. She also deals with a high number of specific case work issues.
Since Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject shale gas drilling in the Fylde area was overturned by the Government in 2016, Gina has supported local residents in Lancashire in their fight against fracking. Gina was arrested during a peaceful protest at the Preston New Road site in July 2017 and later found guilty in court for wilful obstruction of the highways: her twelve monthe conditionall discharge has now expired.
The Green Party has held the Lancaster Central seat on Lancashire County Council since 2001. The Lancaster Central Division includes all of Marsh ward and parts of Castle Ward, and Scotforth West as well as Glasson Dock, Thurnham & Cockerham.
Click here to open Gina's 2017 Lancashire County Council election leaflet as a PDF.)
To contact County Cllr Gina Dowding – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Gina on twitter @GinaDowding
Previously County Councillor Gina Dowding was invited to take part in this film to promote being a councillor, funded by the Local Government Association: http://beacouncillor.co.uk/lancashire/
Gina has represented the Green Party on BBC and in the local papers on many occasions. See here for an example of local coverage in the Politically Correct column for the Blackpool Gazette .