On February 24, Notre Dame alumna Annie Maloney came back to college to speak to current A-level History and Politics students. Annie was elected to Leeds City Council in 2022 to represent the Beeston and Holbeck ward, and remains the youngest councillor in post.
Annie attended Notre Dame from 2014 to 2016, taking A-levels in Politics, History, and English Literature. She studied sociology at the University of Sheffield, progressing to post-graduate study at Leeds Beckett University. After time spent as a paralegal, Annie applied to become a labour candidate.
After introducing herself, Annie explained to the students what local councillors do, talking about decision-making at a local level and committees that scrutinize services and progress in specific areas.
Our students asked Annie which issues concerned Leeds citizens the most, and how the work of the local labour party fitted in with national priorities. They also asked about Annie's future career plans.
History teacher Marie-Claire Keddie said, “It was a real pleasure to welcome Annie back to Notre Dame - a real ND success story to inspire our current students!”
One of our students added, “I enjoyed gaining insights into the structure of Leeds Council and the routine of being a councillor. It was great to meet Annie - and it was cool to see a past ND student making it into the politics world!”