Bridget Fox

  1. Bridget Fox
    Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate in Islington South & Finsbury

    In 2010, as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate in Islington South & Finsbury, Bridget polled the highest ever LibDem vote in a hard-fought campaign that saw Labour hold the seat.

    Bridget is from a family of North Londoners. Her grandmother was born in Holloway and her grandfather lived and worked on City Road, until his shop was bombed in WWII. Bridget was born & grew up in Amersham on the edge of London. She attended local state schools and won a scholarship to read History & French at Balliol College, Oxford, where she joined the Liberal Party in 1984.

    She first came to Islington in 1988 to train as a librarian at the Polytechnic of North London. She has since worked as a librarian and manager in both the public & private sectors. Bridget has lived in Islington since 1992, first in Highbury, then for many years in Barnsbury and now lives just off Essex Road. Like many Islington residents, she is a council leaseholder.

    Bridget led the successful campaign to Save Essex Road Post Office. She has worked with local people to improve housing estates, defend local fire engines, improve safety at Angel Crossing and get action from Thames Water. She has campaigned against Heathrow expansion, in favour of the Fuel Poverty Bill, and has signed up to the 10:10 campaign to cut carbon emissions. In July 2006, Bridget won a national award for her Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Transport.

    Bridget is committed to making the best educational opportunities available to all of Islington's young people. She has been a governor at St Andrew's CofE Primary school in Barnsbury for over a decade, and has also served as a governor at Ambler School and as Chair of Finance at EGA. Bridget opposes university tuition fees and top-up fees.

    Bridget has a long record of public service in Islington. She was a Councillor for Barnsbury Ward 1998-2006, serving as Deputy Leader of the Council and the Executive Member for Sustainability. She fought the Islington South & Finsbury parliamentary seat for the Liberal Democrats in 2005 and 2010.

    Leading successful projects increasing the recycling rates in Islington threefold, improving energy efficiency & use of green energy, renewing Islington's streetlights and cleaning up the borough, Bridget was part of the team that has reduced Islington's council tax from the highest in London under Labour to below the London average.

    Passionate about transforming Islington for the better, Bridget is active in many groups. Bridget actively supports NO2ID and the St Luke's Timebank. She is a Friend of the Refugee Council and supports Shelter, Amnesty International, Liberty, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

    Bridget's partner Richard Turnbull worked his way up from a Glasgow council estate to become Treasury Manager at one of the City's largest international brokerage firms. In their spare time, Bridget and Richard enjoy music, cinema, socialising, and exploring historic London, as well as spending time at home with their cat Percy.