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Lucy NethsinghaLucy Nethsingha was elected to the European Parliament in May 2019. She has been Leader of the Lib Dem group on Cambridgeshire County Council for the past four years, and a Councillor for 14 years. She believes Britain should be at the heart of Europe, and is campaigning to persuade people that we already have the best deal with the EU.

Having grown up in Cornwall, where Brittany often felt closer than Westminster, Lucy is a passionate European. Growing up in Cornwall also gave her an early understanding of the importance of caring for the environment. Lucy has been campaigning on Climate Change issues for many years, starting with Surfers against Sewage campaigns in the 1990s.

She is deeply concerned about the urgent need to tackle climate change. This is an issue where working internationally with partners can have a huge impact - something that is already happening within the EU. She is campaigning for tougher targets on carbon reduction.

Stopping Brexit is the only way in which these big issues can be effectively tackled at the international level. Lucy has family based in Croatia, Athens and Cyprus, and fully understands the importance of the ability to live, work and marry across borders.

Lucy's professional background is in teaching. She has a Master's degree in Education and Psychology, focusing on early identification of special educational needs. Lucy has taught in a variety of different schools in Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Cambridge, mainly in the 5-13 age range.

Lucy is Deputy Chair on the Children and Young People's Board at the Local Government Association. Lucy also chairs the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Scrutiny Committee, where she has played a key role in scrutinising the work of the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She worked closely with Layla Moran to write the Liberal Democrat's Education Policy, and is keen that we should learn from education systems in Europe.

Lucy is married with three teenage children. Spending time with young people boosts her own passion for a liberal society and helps inform Lucy's political work on a daily basis. In any spare time Lucy enjoys reading and gardening, and sailing and riding on the rare occasions when she gets the opportunity.