Born: Swindon, 7th November 1991
Local Party: Cotswolds // Camden
Education: Cirencester College; University College London
Sean first became politically active as Student Union President at Cirencester College. Turning around the Students’ Union to become an active, and well respected body he was later awarded a Rotary Club Award for Services to the Community and Nationally Shortlisted by LSIS for Student Governor of the Year.
He joined the Liberal Democrats after Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham, asked if he’d ever considered a future in politics. Sean is an instinctive Liberal, believing in the ultimate sovereignty of the individual, the values of a diverse and progressive society, and the Civil Liberty and Human Rights needed to protect our freedoms.
After joining the party Sean quickly became involved with Cotswolds Liberal Democrats, informally advising both the candidate and campaign manager in the 2010 General Election campaign. After the election he continued to advise the party in an official position - in the 2011 Local Elections Cotswolds Liberal Democrats bucked the national trend - winning 7 seats from the Tories, including Joe Harris, the youngest District Councillor in the country.
Sean was invited to join the Western Counties Liberal Democrats Executive as a Regional Youth Spokesperson for 2011. In this role he helped organise Liberal Youth’s Spring Conference: securing Bristol University as the venue, and inviting MPs Duncan Hames, Tessa Munt, Stephen Williams, Martin Horwood and Stephen Gilbert to speak, as well as Bristol City Council Leader Barbara Janke, Stephen Kearney from the charity REgenerate, and Graham Watson MEP.
Sean moved to London in September 2011 to study Philosophy at University College London. Co-opted as Chair of London Liberal Youth, within six months Sean had them out campaigning across London for the Mayoral & GLA elections. New branches are being setting up in universities and boroughs across London. And events this year have included a Parliamentary Reception and talks from MPs Simon Hughes, David Laws and Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne.
“The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”- Bertrand Russell