North Somerset Labour Party are delighted to announce Dr Hannah Young, a local Clevedon Town Councillor, as our candidate to challenge MP Dr Liam Fox at the next election.
Over 700 of our members were invited to a hustings at Clevedon Community Centre on Tuesday to choose from five shortlisted candidates coming from North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare, and Bristol. The constituency had record interest from applicants keen to represent us.
Hannah has lived in the constituency – in Clevedon – for over 14 years and also worked locally in police, health, and mental health services. As a Town Councillor, Hannah has actively supported Council motions to declare a climate emergency, to ban fracking, and to support preservation of the green belt at Brookfield Walk through an application for Town Green status.
Hannah has a degree in law, and doctorate in mental health law and criminal justice. She worked in policing from 2007-2017, first at Avon & Somerset Police, coordinating development of community engagement, partnership working and service improvement. There, in response to austerity, Hannah devised and led a programme of work ‘Public First’ to preserve front-line policing services in the context of significant government cuts. She went on to head the Corporate Services at Gloucestershire Police, where she was the Executive Board lead for finance and efficiency, people, staff wellbeing and environmental sustainability.
In 2017 Hannah became a Non-Executive Director of North Somerset Community Partnership which runs local community health services.
Since 2018 Hannah has run her own business providing support to not-for-profit social enterprises, charities, and community organisations to grow their services and sustainability. Through this, she has recently managed implementation of a local mental health service in North Somerset, and supported the setting up of a new homelessness and complex needs service in Somerset.
Hannah is also a Director of a not-for-profit enterprise that supports young people from less-advantaged areas into employment. She is an Associate Member of the Association of Special Constabulary Officers (volunteer police officers) which she supported to become a national charity.
In her spare time, Hannah is a keen walker and can often be seen with husband and rescue dog Ricky on the coastal path, in the Gordano Valley, or along the rivers and rhynes. She also practises karate, in which she is a black-belt.
Chair of North Somerset Labour Party, Angela Everitt, says:
“I’m delighted that our candidate is a local young woman who has such strong experience of working within our communities. As a fellow councillor on Clevedon Town Council, I’ve been really impressed to see the way that Hannah advocates for local people, as well as bringing her professional expertise to chairing the Finance and General Purposes Committee.”
“I’m excited to have the chance to give North Somerset residents a new voice in Parliament to advocate for our local communities.
I’ve spent many years working to ensure that people continue to have access to good local services throughout the period of austerity.
One thing I love about living in North Somerset is that people give so much of their time and energy to maintaining and improving our communities. But I am saddened that we still see big inequalities in access to housing, education, health and care.
We now need stronger national action to help us to address the huge challenge of climate breakdown, and to invest in the core services that enable people to build happy and fulfilled lives.”