FORMER STOCKTON BOROUGH COUNCILLOR RECEIVES EUROPEAN LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Former Stockton Borough Councillor, Suzanne Fletcher, has been presented with a lifetime achievement award in Brussels for her service to the community and support for asylum seekers and refugees.
Suzanne became a Liberal Democrat councillor for Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council in 1981 and served on the council for nearly thirty years. She was a vocal campaigner on environmental matters long before they became mainstream. She is a committed European and a tireless champion of people’s rights.
On retiring from the Council in 2011, Suzanne became a founder member and chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary (LD4SOS), a national campaign group focused on supporting asylum seekers and refugees. LD4SOS has been instrumental in shaping Liberal Democrat policy on the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees since its foundation and the organisation regularly lobbies parliament on these issues. With the growing crisis in the Mediterranean, the group is currently campaigning for “Safe and Legal Routes for Refugees”.
Locally, Suzanne campaigned at grass roots level for the ending of all asylum housing on Teesside having a red door, on the basis that this was stigmatising and attracted vandalism. After several years of campaigning on this issue, the red doors are finally being repainted. Suzanne has also highlighted and campaigned on other disturbing housing issues for asylum seekers in Teesside.
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Suzanne on Monday 25th April by the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Suzanne is pictured with former Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East, Fiona Hall.