Beth and Helen Fisher

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A mother and daughter want to make their mark on the political scene in Lichfield and Burntwood.
Beth and Helen Fisher
Helen Fisher and her daughter Beth were both elected to Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council as representatives for Highfield and Chasetown respectively. Mum Helen has been named cabinet member for tourism and deputy leader for Burntwood Town Council, while Beth is vice-chair of the town council. But despite being a relative newcomer to the local political scene, 19-year-old Beth already has her sights set even higher. “We’ll see what happens during my four year term,” she explained. “I would like to be an MP one day and I’ve got my eyes on Michael Fabricant’s seat!” Mr Fabricant admitted he would be keeping an eye over his shoulder – but joked that mum Helen might need a new role created especially for her if ever Beth makes it to Downing Street. The Conservative MP said: “Helen and Beth certainly make a formidable combination. But I wonder how Helen will feel about it if she’s asked to be Prime Minister Fisher’s official bag carrier?” As well as working as an apprentice in the family’s car repair business, Beth also plays saxophone in the West Midlands Light Orchestra – a role which has helped her hone her political skills. She said: “My election as a councillor hasn’t fazed me. I’ve always liked representing people and having responsibility. “At Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester I led a campaign to ensure the girls were able to wear ties. I was also on the school council. “I felt Lichfield District Council needed more diversity and when I was asked to stand – I thought why not? “My apprenticeship has given me experience of dealing with members of the public on a daily basis, which is what I’m doing as a councillor.” But the Fisher ladies aren’t the only members of the family on the local political scene – Helen’s mother Brenda Brettell also serves on Burntwood Town Council. Helen, who has been a politician for eight years, admits it will take time for Beth to find her feet as an elected representative, but believes young people will benefit from her being their voice in the council chamber. She said: “I’m very proud of her, but I think a lot of what Beth does is marvelous. “Beth is doing well in her apprenticeship – she and her dad think with their hands. They’ll both sit on the floor and build things from scratch. I’ll ask ‘where are the instructions?’ They’ll reply ‘still in the box’. “It was her decision to stand and she wanted to represent her local ward of Chasetown. Beth’s career has taken a slight detour from where we thought she was going to be last year, and maybe we should have asked Beth to wait until she’s in her mid-20s. “But you can’t just sit around and moan about the system, you’ve to get involved if you want to change it. Beth has the opportunity now as one of the youngest councillors in the country to put a young person’s point of view across.”

Lewis Deakin

NCTJ-trained reporter with experience in a wide variety of journalism settings.

One reply on “Mother and daughter political team ready to make their mark”

  1. I wish Beth well and if she contributes to Town Council meetings 30% or more of the time she will certainly beat her Conservative colleagues contributions over the last four years.

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