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Crowned the Green Voice of the UK at Westminster!

In October 2009 I was voted the Energy Saving Trust’s Green Voice of the UK. The EST ran the competition to find someone to represent the ‘man on the street’ on green issues. Over 100 people entered and I beat three other very worthy finalists to win the competition. I was ‘crowned’ at a ceremony at Portcullis House in Westminster and immediately had to give a speech to the audience, which included a number of MPs and journalists, and question Joan Ruddock, the former Minister for Energy and Climate Change, on her policies.

Since then I have been interviewed by the Sunday Times, written for the Guardian.co.uk and broadcast on BBC Suffolk and BBC Essex. I have also worked with the EST and my MP for Basildon and Billericay, John Baron, to try to encourage local residents to save energy and insulate their homes.

Our insulation event: John Baron MP, me and Richard Lloyd, head of the EST for the Eastern Region outside my home

In addition, I have featured as a speaker at the Energy Saving Trust Stakeholder Forum, addressed MPs, including new Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, at Westminster and given talks at the Billericay Greening Campaign.

The Greening Campaign is a community-based initiative aimed at getting local residents in towns and villages saving energy and reducing waste by signing up to small, achievable targets.

Costumes from recycled materials at the Billericay Green Day fancy dress contest

The scheme began in Petersfield in Hampshire but is gaining traction fast around the UK. During 2010 I was a member of the Billericay Greening Campaign committee. The campaign, which began in 2009, was the first of its kind in Essex.