It is a brief defined by its search for an elusive answer, so it seems fitting that Barbara Keeley should take up the reins for Labour. Keeley has spent more than two decades, in both national and local politics, looking for a solution to Britain’s social care dilemma. It has not only been her “vocation”, she says, but an issue that’s “close to my heart”.
As vice chair of Social Services at Trafford Council in the 1990s, Keeley led the UK’s then largest ever survey on carer issues, before she arrived at Westminster in 2005. Her early years in Parliament were spent fighting the sector’s corner with Labour ministers “again and again and again”, she says, before Gordon Brown put her in charge of drawing up the party’s policy on social care reform in 2007.
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