Meet your Lib Dem candidates for Holgate this May.


Aileen Hingston

Aileen Hingston has lived in York with her family for over 25 years. She retired from the civil service in 2012. She now works in a charity shop and is active in the U3A including reading groups and croquet. She is particularly concerned about pressures on the NHS and adult social care and the dangers of Brexit.

Emma Keef

Originally from Stansted in Essex, Emma moved to York in 2004, first living in Clifton then moving to Holgate in 2013.

Emma's career has been built around empowering communities and supporting those from vulnerable backgrounds, working on confidence building, self-esteem and well-being; primarily through the arts. This includes work for the Community Arts Team at the City of York Council and Children's Centres; supporting vulnerable families and engaging the community.

For four years Emma was the Communications Officer for York Carers Centre, and now works in Corporate Social Responsibility and Engagement.

Emma has volunteered with the Friends of Hob Moor, been a trustee for York Special Care Baby Unit and is now co-chair for the Friends of St. Paul's Primary.

Emma loves being outside with her family; going for walks, playing in the park, walking the city walls and exploring new places. This includes spending her free time reading, running, watching films and attempting to learn craft skills!

Emilie Knight

Emilie was born in France and brought up in York. After receiving a law degree from Hull University, Emilie worked first in France and then London before returning to York in 2002 and settling in Holgate to bring up her son. Since 2015 she has been a dedicated advocate for better grassroots politics and is a co-founder of ‘York for Europe’, one of the first and most successful Pro Remain campaign groups in the UK.

30 years of challenging management roles give her a real advantage in the collaborative and creative process of local government; as a longstanding volunteer with ‘Kitchen for Everyone York’ she also understands the problems facing York’s most vulnerable citizens; and as a working single mum, she knows the challenges facing parents, carers and their families, and the importance of education and support for young people into employment.

For light relief Emilie is an enthusiastic actor, performing with local companies and in community Shakespeare projects. She is particularly proud to have played in two highly acclaimed York Community Projects, ‘Blood+Chocolate’ and ‘Everything is Possible’.

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