Quick Interview: Councillor Alison Lowe

  • Councillor got engaged on TV She runs mental health charity Touchstone Why she would ban elbows
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Councillor Alison Lowe is 50, has two children, Adam, 29 and Rosy, 27. She lives in Birstall but became a councillor for Armley 25 years ago. She is also chief executive of mental health charity Touchstone

What’s your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is of moving in to our house at 224 Dufton Approach in Seacroft.

It was a hot Summer’s day and I was about four years old at the time. Life in Seacroft was certainly challenging as one of only two black families on the estate, but it made me the woman I am to day, for which I am very grateful.

If you could pass a new law, what would it be and why?

I would require everyone to smile at all the people they pass in the street everyday, especially down south. Love and peace would break out all over the UK.

Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t expect?

I got engaged to my partner, Steve, on TV. It was a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary called My Family, in 2000. That was 15 years ago. I said we’d get married when I got a new wok. I’ve had several since but we’re still not married. I met Steve on a night out in Goole at a nightclub called Flappers.

What would you like to consign to Room 101?

Elbows, people keep sticking them out and poking me with them. Stop it.

What’s your biggest vice?

Chocolate and rubbish TV. I love all the talent shows in particular and I sing along to every song.

When were you happiest?

Before my dad died in June 2014, but I am feeling better every day.

If your house was burning down and you could rescue three THINGS, what would they be?

My work bag (has my life in it and weighs a ton), photographs of my family and all my clothes, shoes and handbags.

What would your super power be?

That I could suspend time so that there are more than 24 hours in one day.

What would you most like to achieve in life and why?

I want to make a difference to people’s lives. I hope that I have done this already but I want to also inspire other people to make a difference too. The world will certainly be a better place.

When did you last have a drink? What was it and where?

A cup of red bush tea at my desk, here at Touchstone House at two o’ clock in the afternoon.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Oprah Winfrey, I think she would make me look good.

Describe your perfect day...? And what do you do to relax?

Sunday lunch, at mine, surrounded by my family, with some chocolate of course. To relax I love watching rubbish TV. Every year, me and my sister go on holiday to the Far East - this year, we’re going to Vietnam.