Candidate for Broadland and Fakenham Constituency announced

11 Mar 2024
Dr Leyla Hannbeck


Dr Leyla Hannbeck has been selected as candidate for the Broadland and Fakenham Parliamentary Constituency. She will be taking up her role and starting her campaign with immediate effect.

Leyla grew up in Finland and moved to the UK in 2004. She is a clinical pharmacist by profession. Her career started in Sweden, where she completed her master’s degree in pharmacy before moving to the Northeast of England to take up a role as pharmacy manager. Leyla quickly progressed to more senior management positions within the community pharmacy sector. She is currently the CEO of the Association of Independent Pharmacies and is a key spokesperson and a prominent figurehead for community pharmacies in the UK. She is married with three children.

In addition to her pharmacy degree Leyla also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). She is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Great Britain.

Commenting on her appointment as PPC for the Liberal Democrats in Broadland and Fakenham, Leyla said:

“I am honoured and delighted to be the PPC for Broadland and Fakenham. I can think of no better place to be an MP. I like to think of it as a quiet haven of opportunity, an area of terrific beauty, between the city and the sea.  Close enough to Norwich to use its facilities, but far enough away to enjoy Broadland’s charms. If elected I pledge to serve everyone in this great constituency, helping to give you the true representation you deserve.

When I moved to the UK, I knew no one, but I realised this country was to be my home. I became a UK citizen. I loved its progressive values, inclusivity, traditions, and people.

As a pharmacist I am all too familiar with the difficulty facing our healthcare system.

It is unacceptable that in the 21st century, the NHS, once the envy of the world sees people struggle to get appointments with their GPs and experience delays in hospital treatments and care. Our mental health services are not coping, our local pharmacies are closing and obtaining dental treatment is becoming increasingly out of reach for many.

We need to get more out of our NHS, the money we spend must be more accountable. Greater efficiency does not mean making cuts, it means making our money work more effectively.

That does not just apply to healthcare and social care. It extends to education - a system and its problems I’m all too familiar with, being a mum and having three children in state schools.

We face a choice: to continue with 14 years of the same or to make a meaningful, lasting change. The country and with it, Broadland and Fakenham, deserve no less. “

Dr Leyla Hannbeck

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