©2019 by Victoria Charleston

About Me

I am the Policy and Development Manager for a leading personal safety charity, specialising in campaigning on behalf of the 1.1m victims of stalking each year.  I have extensive political campaigning experience both within the Liberal Democrats and outside.  I have been married to my partner Sam, for five years, and we have a beautiful baby daughter, Connie.

Growing up, my father was in the Royal Air Force and we moved all over the world including RAF Wegburg in Germany, RAF Locking in Somerset, and HQ British Forces in Cyprus. While stationed at RAF Halton and Strike Command I attended Wycombe High School before reading History at Christ Church, Oxford.

After completing a Masters in Human Rights at UCL, focussing on prisoners’ right to family life, I started working for Tessa Munt, former MP for Wells, in her Westminster office. Spending two years working within the coalition government gave me invaluable insight into the workings of government.  I was proud to support Tessa in campaigns including pushing NHS England to fund better radiotherapy treatment for cancer victims, improving private tenants’ rights to legal protections, and the investigation into historic child sex abuse.

Victoria Charleston outside UK Parliamen building, the Palaceof Westminster, Big Ben

In preparation for the 2015 general election, Sam and I left London and moved to Wells to work on the re-election campaign.  I looked after a team of caseworkers who completed over 13,000 pieces of casework over the five years from constituents, engaged members and activists through action days, and fielded the largest poster campaign in the country with over 800 stakeboards.

After the election I was invited to work on Norman Lamb’s leadership selection campaign organising his schedule and visits around the country as well as meetings in Brussels with former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, to discuss the migrant crisis and Brexit.

In late 2015 I moved to the sustainability charity, Ashden, where I established a policy unit to engage with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on changes to renewable energy tariffs, fuel poverty, and the need for societal behaviour change programmes concerning energy use. 

I left Ashden in 2016 to commit myself to working for a ‘human’ cause and chose to join Suzy Lamplugh Trust.  I work primarily on raising awareness of stalking amongst criminal justice professionals.  Working closely with Home Office colleagues, I engineered the passing of the Stalking Protection Bill through Parliament.  My proudest achievement in my current role is securing £4.1m of funding to work in partnership with three NHS Trusts and corresponding police forces and other partners to pilot a two-year innovative project to explore managing the fixation and obsession within stalkers.

Outside of work I have, for a number of years, volunteered for Childline empowering vulnerable young people to take action to improve their lives. 

For me, the role of the MP is to stand up for those who struggle to be heard.  I intend to do this as the Lib Dem candidate for Salisbury constituency and as the MP if people choose to elect me.

Campaigning with Sarah Olney in Richmond Park