Claire Cadogan cropped (Claire Cadogan)Claire Cadogan

I'm a business consultant and mum of 3 teenagers. I've lived in Derbyshire for 9 years now - first in Beeley and now in Edensor - but being here is a real return to my roots. My Dad grew up in Baslow, and my family goes back to the steel industry in Sheffield. I have wonderful memories of visiting the area when I was a child, so when we moved here for my husband's work, in many ways it was a bit like coming home.

My job involves helping businesses large and small with their corporate strategy, but in between work and bringing up my children, I've always tried to be involved locally as much as possible. I'm a governor of Pilsley C of E Primary School, have been active with the Church Parish Council at Beeley, I've fund raised for various charities, and have just become a trustee of Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts. Late last year I became Chair of the Liberal Democrats in Derbyshire Dales.

Why I am standing?
For a long time, I've felt increasingly dismayed by the direction our country is taking - and last year I decided that instead of just grumbling to my friends or feeling cross (which I have spent much time doing!), it was time to step up to the mark and do my best to do something about it.

I am determined to do what I can to make our corner of the world an even better place. I want to ensure that our Liberal Democrat values - the values of reasonable people, not of extremists - are properly represented in Derwent Valley. I want to listen to the people in our area and am absolutely determined to put the needs of the community here in Derwent Valley, and especially of the most vulnerable of us, at the heart of what the Council does. And I want to make sure that protecting our wonderful environment is central to the Council's thinking.

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