Peggy Mcgregor

Suffolk County Councillor for Beccles, Barnaby and North Cove

‘I strive to live by simple principles of kindness, fairness and decency, even if I don’t always manage to live up to them. During my adult life I have moved around quite a bit and have experienced life in a tax haven country – characterised by corruption and inequality, which was a very unsafe place. I have also lived in Europe – characterised by relative equality, fairness, tolerance and open democracy.’

Peggy was born and raised in Lowestoft and moved back to Suffolk, after retiring from a 25 year career as a Marketing and Business Management lecturer in various Higher and Further Education institutions. Peggy’s first degree is in Economics and since researching for her graduate project on the economics of pollution, she has witnessed an acceleration of the damage that the way that we live now is wreaking on the world. At the same time, she is alarmed by the global rise in popularism and growing inequality.

‘I fear that there are stormy times ahead which have only been made worse by the COVID crisis. We might be able to make amends for past failings but we can only change the future.’

Councillor work Pensions & Locality

Peggy was elected to Suffolk County Council in May 2021.

Within Suffolk County Council, Peggy works in the Pension Fund Committee – with a goal of moving it further towards a zero fossil fuel investment strategy. She is also a member of the Permanence (adoption and fostering) Panel.

Through her locality budget Peggy has supported schools for example with music and sensory equipment; the library for children’s activities; and Men’s Sheds who needed some funding for a disabled toilet.

Since Suffolk County Council slashed youth provision in 2010,  Peggy is keen to support the volunteer youth workers with their Thirst project as well as providing funding for mental health awareness training for pupils in our local high schools.