Caroline Voaden is one of two Liberal Democrat Members of the European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar
Caroline is a freelance editor, a former Reuters journalist and former small business owner, who has lived in South Devon for 10 years. Her experience of running a small business in Totnes, with the onerous high street overheads and the relentless growth in online shopping, has given Caroline an understanding of the pressures faced by the self-employed and those running small businesses.
Her work as a journalist led her to live in six European countries and she speaks several languages. This experience has given her a deep love of Europe and as such she was devastated by the result of the EU referendum, so she decided to stand with the Lib Dems to try and change the direction our country is heading in. She wants her children to have the same opportunities she had to travel, live and work abroad.
Caroline was widowed young in 2003 and subsequently became chair of a national charity that supports young widowed men and women. This experience has given her an insight that not many people would want into the NHS, bereavement support and benefits, single parenthood and the mental health issues that follow on for the whole wider family from such an event. She has two teenage daughters and is now married with a stepson. She sings in a choir and enjoys walking her dog on the stunning South Hams beaches – an area she is keen to protect from development.
Caroline said; "I have always considered myself to be a European. I have lived and worked in six EU countries and have spoken five languages over the years. I became politically active because of the EU Referendum and will be fighting a strong campaign to keep Britain in the EU."