Barbara Hibbert

Barbara Hibbert

History and politics teacher concerned about erosion of democracy in UK
Yorks and Humber (Top)
United Kingdom
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Candidate for the Yorks and Humber (Top of the List)

Why would you like to represent your region?

I have lived in Yorkshire since 1976 and am concerned about the great disparity in wealth and opportunities in different parts of the region. I am concerned about social justice and enabling opportunities to be available for people in all parts of the region, and the regeneration of those areas which have suffered since the 1980s. I am particularly interested in educational opportunities and believe these are the basis for changing society through the development of the individual.

Areas of interest - reasons and personal views

Area : Education and Skills
Reason : Education and skills are my profession. I am greatly concerned about the opportunities open to students in this country and the ability of all students to achieve the 'cultural capital' which the middles classes provide for their own children or which come through private education. This is the thing which makes a difference to the 'life chances' of children and which I believe it is the responsibility for government to provide for those who do not have the family connections.
Views : Education is the one thing which can make a difference to the 'life chances' of all. It should be available throughout life whenever an individual wants to access it. While I accept that government cannot provide free higher education in the way that was available in the past, it is essential to make education affordable and accessible for all. This is the only way to achieve social mobility and social justice.

Area : Communities and Equalities
Reason : I live in a relatively affluent and homogeneous community. However, I recognise the need for such communities to understand and accept the more heterogeneous nature of communities existing throughout the region and to take part in creating the new communities which are inevitably going to develop.
Views : We are now living in a global community and need to rise to the challenges and the opportunities which this provides. It is vital that different ethnic and faith groups accept the right of others to exist and understand the principles by which they live, while being part of the tolerant and diverse society which is modern Britain.

Area : Heritage/Culture/Marketing/Media
Reason : My trade is History and I believe that the changing nature of the economy means that in this region Heritage and Culture have a large part to play in future prosperity.
Views : As a historian I understand how this region has changed over thousands of years. We should exploit the potential of the region to improve its prosperity. Yorkshire and the Humber have a great deal to teach others about how society has changed through invasion, religious change and economic diversity, from the Romans and Vikings to present day challenges of a global society.

Other political issues of interest

Social justice in its widest sense. The ability of everyone to start up businesses, access educational opportunities, migrate, live in a free society. In particular I am interested in how our most disadvantaged children can be given the opportunities to flourish.

Summary of life and career

I graduated from Leeds University with a History degree in 1979. I have been a teacher of History and Politics in Harrogate since 1980. I have undertaken various voluntary roles in my life, including being a member of the Council of the Historical Association and an elected member of the General Teaching Council for England. I have also worked for the Prince's Teaching Institute which promotes opportunities for students in state schools to access learning for personal development and satisfaction, rather than simply as a means of passing exams. Other roles I have undertaken include being on the Hall Council of Bodington Hall at the University of Leeds since 1986. I have always encouraged the students I teach to reach for the top and to believe that they can achieve as much as anyone else. I want all students to believe that and to be given the opportunity to achieve the best they can. I have been married since 1983 and have two children. Now that they are both at university I have time to diversify my interests and work for the benefit of others in the region.

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    by big brother 9 years ago
    My family have been fighting for Human Rights against New Labour since 2002 when our daughter was raped in a Gang Bang rape. One of her attackers David Robert Hoskins admitted to police that he had indecently assaulted my daughter whilst the other man was raping her. The reason neither man was brought to trial was because Hoskins was associated with a man who was a teacher at a Coventry school where his elder siblings went to school. This teacher Phillip Blundell was the former Labour Mayor of Rugby he had very liberal views about crime and punishment and had used his political position in 1996 to persuade a senior policeman and someone at the CPS to withhold evidence from court about the quantity of drugs David Robert Hoskins then aged 15 had on him when he was caught drug dealing. Councillor Blundell thus fixed a court case. When Hoskins came out of Onley Young Offenders Centre after a far shorter sentence than he might expected. But rather than being thankful to Phillip Blundell and Chief Inspector Slater for fixing the evidence Hoskins instead blackmailed them into fixing more and more serious criminal offences. Until David Hoskins was happily engaging in sexual assaults on children, He knew he could get away with it. The Mail on Sunday is among a number of newspapers who have covered this story see following my appearance on BBC TV News an underworld source told me why David hoskins could admit Indecent Assault (Which is a criminal offence) and yet not face trial. Until recently Phillip Blundell was Chairman of Warwickshire Police Authority. I can prove that underworld source Trevor Case was telling me the truth when he pointed the finger at "Councillor Blundell" and a "Chief of Police" this person being former Chie Inspector Michael Slater who was in charge of Rugby police. I have an experienced magistrate supporting my claims. This is really political dynamite because former Home Office Minister Tony McNaulty MP is mixed up in this serious scandel. Want more info email