There are a few in the Council chamber who, on mention of their name alone, will immediately draw a smile. Christine is one of those people.
It is not just Chris’s infectious enthusiasm that first got her elected to New Brighton in 2014, but it certainly helped.
It isn’t solely Chris’s unwavering loyalty to her party, colleagues and residents that led to her being given the portfolio of Culture and Tourism – but that also helped.
An immensely popular individual, with a tireless work ethic and genuine passion to make life better for the people around her, the Labour Group can call itself very fortunate to have somebody whose willingness and ability are evenly matched.
But this isn’t a new thing.
“I’ve been a socialist all my life. My mum taught me from a very early age about injustice, and that has stayed with me ever since. I grew up on the Woodchurch estate, where poverty was commonplace. So too, though, was solidarity, decency and collective strength and humour.”
Not a bad grounding for a now long-serving member of the Labour Party. Chris is incredibly proud of the working class background in which she started her life. “My parents inspired me so much. My mum was a cleaner in a hospital and my Dad, (and later my Brother) worked at Cammell Laird’s shipyard.
A proud feminist, Chris is part of a group of strong female councillors and politicians now making great waves in the Labour Party.
In recent times, Chris has led on Wirral’s Borough of Culture. It is here where she has truly been able to showcase her own huge sense of civic pride, whilst bringing officers, councillors and residents onboard in the process. And whilst she’d never be one to boast about her achievements, a Cheshire Life award and recognition from across the North West will tell its own story about the incredible success that Chris has brought to the role.
A fervent orator, Chris is keen to point out all that is good about the Wirral’s culture.
“Through our culture and creative work we’ve been able to show what a wonderful place the Wirral is. We’ve showcased our international and emerging cultural, creative and artistic talent and we’ve given so much pleasure to residents and visitors alike. We intend to build on the incredible achievements of the last few years supporting and platforming our talented Wirral artistic community and helping to play our part in shaping the future vision for the Borough.”
Chris has certainly led from the front in delivering a platform of creativity and culture across the Wirral. In 2019, the Future Yard Festival engaged hundreds of residents across a number of venues, and Chris promises there’s more to come!
Whilst the 2019 General Election didn’t produce the result we had hoped for, Chris was an ever-present campaigner in a number of constituencies. Whether it’s knocking on doors, leafleting or holding street stalls, the hours of selfless campaigning have been synonymous with Chris’ time as an active member of the Party.
Away from what is clearly a busy and challenging role in the Town Hall and her New Brighton ward, Chris remains an active supporter of local campaigns and causes that she holds dearly. An ever-present on the Cammell Lairds picket line, Chris also supported the Fire Brigades Union in their campaign against station closures and is an active trade unionist and card carrying member of Unite.
In conclusion, being Councillor Christine Spriggs is a pretty busy life, but one that Chris has embraced with both tenacity and humour. Outside of the Labour Party, Chris likes to cook, travel and go to the theatre as well as a bit of yoga. Any relaxation time would, it seems, be entirely deserved!
You can contact Chris by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter – @Chris_Spriggs