Laura Coyle is standing in the Oxfordshire County Council elections on 4 May 2017 as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the county division of Goring.
Laura is also standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Henley constituency in the General Election on 8 June 2017 - more details to follow soon.
Laura Coyle lives in Streatley near Goring-on-Thames and is a housing solicitor in Oxford providing advice and legal representation to tenants and homeless people, primarily through legal aid. She has a strong record in fighting hard for those she represents and has six years of experience as a local councillor in London. Laura is married with one son and two stepchildren.
Laura says, "I have lived in Streatley, across the river from Goring, for six years with my husband Ray. Our son, Cillian, was born here and attends the local pre-school. I am a parish councillor and chair of the pre-school management committee.
I became concerned about the plight of the homeless and people living in substandard housing when I was a councillor in Haringey from 2004 to 2010. I now work as a housing solicitor in Oxford, providing advice and legal representation to tenants and homeless people, primarily through legal aid. We need more housing urgently, the right kind of housing in the right location. It needs to be affordable and sustainable, in terms of the environment and the local community.
I support the proposal to make Oxfordshire a unitary authority. Aside from the budget savings, it would enable more joined up thinking in the provision and planning of local services.
I see myself as an internationalist and pro-European and campaigned hard for the Remain campaign. As a county councillor I would bring my passion, skills and experience to bear in representing our wonderful area."