Michael Tierney is standing for South Cambridgeshire District Council in Harston and Comberton
Michael lives in Comberton with his partner and their children after moving here in 2013 from Ireland. During the pandemic he got more involved in the politics of change becoming active in the South Cambridgeshire Labour Party, the Cambridge Movement Against Racism and the Cambs Covid Parents and Carers Forum. He also joined his trade union Prospect after years of being outside of the union movement because he was a manager. However, the pandemic and furlough has reminded him of exactly what his position is as a worker and that we need to support each other. In October 2020 he volunteered to become a parish councillor for Comberton and was delighted to be voted on by fellow councillors. He is now enjoying learning how local democracy works and this has been encouraged him to run for Labour in the election.
He believes that Labour and union activists bring a politics and economics that focuses on care for people, the environment and the planet. He is now part of a long and proud tradition that will replace the careless individualism of the Conservatives, who still believe that greed is what makes the world go around. He believes that their ideology of fear and division has led to more deaths and illness than there should have been during the pandemic, including members of his own family. He also argues that as we come out of the pandemic we need a politics of hope and freedom to replace that of austerity and division that still drives this government.
For most of us we know that it is love of family and the place we live in that gives us our sense of belonging. When combined with enjoyable, properly paid and dignified work we find that elusive thing called happiness.
By profession he is an archaeologist and felt lucky during the worst days of lockdown to live in such a beautiful part of the country. He explored the villages of West Cambridgeshire with his partner as a means of getting out for walks and has started to understand the unique layout of this part of the county. So has gotten to know Coton, Haslingfield, Barton, Harston , Hauxton and the bits in between through their parish churches, ponds, lanes and bye-ways. He now hopes to be part of that innate socialist impulse to decency and solidarity among people in the ward to make sure that our post-pandemic society is better than what went before.