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Darlington Borough Council

Meet the scientists!


Councillor for:

North Road for 23 Months


Liberal Democrat

Council job:

Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny and HR Panels


Part time supply teacher.


Anne-Marie Curry

Spending most of my day at the Council today, Then off to Neighbourhood Watch re-launch and finally a ward meeting. Thank you all for not voting me off first I hope you will keep me in for another day as I am enjoying your questions.

Favourite Thing: I love the people of Darlington.

Me and my council work

I love helping people and this is the main reason I wanted to become a councillor.

The people main role I have as a councillor is to be able to help people in the ward I represent. I regularly take phone calls and e-mails from people in the ward who need help with a problem bothering them. I also attend two regular ward meeting, there I have built up a good rapour with the attendees, police, streetscene and local residents. I also attend council meetings, Children and young peoples scrutiny and sometimes I sit on a HR panel. There is also many events that I get invited to which has opened my eyes to so much good work that happens in Darlington. This also allows me to meet many more, interesting people. The other thing I do as a Liberal Democrat Councillor is keep the people in my ward informed of what I have done in the ward to help and any major developments that may affect them, This is done by the production and delivery to every house in the ward of a newsletter. I am one of three coouncillors in my ward and we try to deliver a newsletter every 6-8 weeks. While delivering the Newsletter we are also walking round the ward speaking to people and checking for things we can do without the need for residents contacting us.

My Typical Day

I don’t have a typical day.

As a mum, Supply, teacher, councillor and carer for my mum and dad I do not have one day the same as any other. What I do regularly is get up, dressed and get my daughter up and out for school. Somedays I will get a phone call to go and teach, which can be anywhere in County Durham, North Yorkshire, Stockton, Redcar or Teesside. I will then spend the day teaching. If I don’t get a call I will either do housework at my house or my parents house, do odd jobs for my parents or take one of them to a hospital appointment (both parents are now disabled). Some time I will do some delivery of leaflets either in my ward or in one of the other wards in either Darlington or Sedgefield. I will try and get done to be at home for my daughter coming in from school, or to pick her up to take her to one of her after school activities. As both my daughter and myself have regular evening activities we tend to eat early on those nights then I will either take my daughter to diving, trampolining or stagecoach, I could also be at a meeting on an evening. If we are both free on an evening we will either stay in play with the guinipigs and watch tv or bake cakes. The other option for an evening is to go to my parents and I will cook a meal for us all (usually something new I have found in a cook book or of the web)

What I'd do as "Youth Champion"

Work to get more things in the area for young people in Darlington.

I have been working with other Lib Dems in the Northern Region and we would like an arena like the O2 in County Durham. If I am the Youth Champion I would take a more active role and try to get the arena within 10 miles of Darlington. Before that arena get built I would push for more concerts at the Northern Echo arena when the football season is over. If the O2 type arena gets built we could try and get the X Factor to come to it. I would also like to see more areas for teenagers to hang out, not oganised, a starting point would be shelters in parks so you can be together in most types of weather. I would like to see more celebs coming to Darlington and encourage them to come into schools to talk to young people. I would also like to keep the Forum. I would also take some time to come and listen to see if there are any other areas of priorities that you as the future of Darlington would like to see happen. I know that there are many good ideas out there and I would like to hear them. We could have so much fun getting projects up and running, to see some of your ideas happen.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Considerate, adventurous, fun

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Cliffe Richard from the old days. But newer music I like Eliza Doolittle.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

When I was seven I had my dad drive me home on the roof rack of our car.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

I would want another child, so my daughter had a sister or brother, I would like some more money to take each member of my family on their Dream holiday. Lastly I would wish for a enough money to open a wild animal sanctuary somewhere in the north east.

What did you want to be after you left school?

A nurse. but I found I hated the sight of needles.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Yes, I was bullied alot and one day I retaliated, nearly got kicked out of school.

What's the best thing you've done as a councillor?

Put a smile back on the face of someone who came to me in tears.

Tell us a joke.

A man took his Rottweiler to the vet and said to him, “My dogs cross-eyed. Is there anything you can do for it?” “Your dog is cross eyed, oh but I will have to put him down” “Why” said the man. “Because he is heavy”