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Friday 31st January 2014

SWFTA Welcomes Alison Seabeck, MP



SWFTA staff were delighted to welcome Alison Seabeck, MP to the archive today. Alison was shown around the archive and watched some fantastic clips from the SWFTA collections selected by our Collections Assessment Officer Ian Cooper.

Stacey Dyer, Archive Director says: "I don't think she wanted to leave! A truly lovely lady who clearly has a passion and enthusiasm for local heritage."

Photograph: Alison Seabeck, MP looking at archive film footage with Ian Cooper, SWFTA Collections Assessment Officer and Stacey Dyer, SWFTA Archive Director

Alison spent a good hour with the archive team, talking about the work SWFTA does, how collections are acquired and made accessible and also discussing plans for the future. This is the second time our Archive Director Stacey has met Alison, who visited the premises of the South West Image Bank in 2010 where Stacey was working as the Archivist just before the SWiB relocated to new premises. 

Prior to being elected for Plymouth Devonport in 2005, Alison was, for 12 years, Parliamentary Advisor to the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP (Minister for Local Government 1992-2005), focusing on housing, planning, local government and the regions as well as issues relating to London, government and the fire service. Alison served for five years as a Parliamentary Assistant to Lord Hattersley when he was Shadow Home Secretary and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She was an Assistant Government Whip (2007-2008) and chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government. In 2008 she was PPS to the Secretary of State for Transport and Vice Chair of the South West Group of Labour MPs and served on the Apprenticeship and Skills Bill and the Finance Bill. 

Alison is currently Chair of the South West Select Committee, Chair of the South West Group of Labour MPs and serving on the DCLG Committee.

Alison believes that Plymouth has a great future... "It is vital we build on expansion of the University and the growth of The Science Parks to develop new quality jobs for the future. Plymouth must make full use of it maritime heritage to expand its potential as a visitor attraction."

Find out more about Alison's work here.


Top photograph, Alison Seabeck, MP with Ian Cooper, SWFTA Collections Assessment Officer and Mike Brewis, SWFTA Archive Technician