Statement to voters
I have a strong commitment to the area and know it well. I have lived and worked in Middlesbrough - I’m a Boro supporter - and as a civil engineer I helped build the new A19 across Teesside in the 1970s. Since then I have mainly worked as a journalist and broadcaster, including many years as a freelance reporter with the Evening Gazette and Radio Tees.
I first campaigned in Middlesbrough in two parliamentary by-elections in 1962 and first stood for Middlesbrough MP myself in 1974 when my wife’s uncle Ron Wilson was speedway promoter at Middlesbrough. I again stood for Middlesbrough MP in 2010 and for Middlesbrough mayor in 2011, also for Tees Valley mayor a few weeks ago.
I was Leader of Wear Valley Council for six years, represented the North East on the EU Committee of the Regions, was Vice Chair of the North East Assembly, and held other senior positions at regional and national level.
I’m a former marathon runner and triathlete and ran the Great North Run 25 times. I now keep fit by walking, cycling, swimming and gym. I still work full time as a writer with 19 books published, a lecturer and actor with my one-man show, and as a Civil Celebrant conducting non-religious weddings and funerals.
I am strongly opposed to MPs having other jobs. If elected, I will give up all my other work to be full-time MP. I will hold local surgeries and visit every part of the constituency regularly.
This statement was added by Chris Foote-Wood, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
Chris Foote Wood is an English politician and author. He is the brother of the late comedian and actress Victoria Wood.Read more on Wikipedia
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2017: The 2017 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
- 2017: The 2017 Tees Valley mayoral election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Tees Valley Combined Authority
- 2014: The European Parliament (UK) elections, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Yorkshire and the Humber
- 2010: The 2010 General Election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough
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