Martin has lived and worked in the constituency of Northampton North since 1983.
Originally from Essex, Martin studied Ecology at university and gained a clear understanding of the causes of climate change and its likely impact on future generations. He also worked on a research project into the affects of ‘acid rain’ on biodiversity in the UK. More recently he has attended the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon course, workshops and summit. Martin worked with local Liberal Democrat activists and Councillors to get both Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council to declare Climate Emergencies and commit to a Zero Carbon future.
Martin runs a small business employing 9 local people and he understands how important a strong local economy is. Northampton has struggled to attract investment into the Town Centre and Martin recognises the importance of Independent Traders and Social Enterprises in reinvigorating the town. He has been a supporter of a new initiative, Northampton Social Enterprise Place, since its inception.
Martin is very active in the local community, being on the board of directors of the Northampton Leisure Trust which runs the towns leisure centres, Abington Community Centre and Northamptonshire Rights and Equalities Council. He is also vice chair of the Friends of Abington Library and Chair of Phippsville Residents Association.
Martin has been involved in the campaign to save our libraries from council cuts and has been at the forefront of the successful campaign to save Abington Library.
Martin is involved in many local environmental campaigns, working with activists from other political parties. Town Centre air quality is a particular issue in Northampton and Martin has been undertaking his own air quality monitoring in order to keep the pressure on the council.