“There are always people who don’t like what I’ve got to say, but when you need to tell the truth and get a message across, you have to put yourself out there”

img_1659-1 Case File No.7: Michelle Langan

 

File under: #homelessness #reform #charity #politics #laws #justice

 

You know when there are people in your orbit doing wonderful things, and you’re aware of what they do, but don’t know the detail? Michelle Langan is one such person for me. It won’t have escaped your notice that homelessness is reaching epidemic levels in the UK, but rather than just pitying those dealt a shitty hand, Michelle, 44, has been doing something about it for some time now. I’ve known her since working on teen magazines together over a decade ago. But, although she moved back home to Liverpool in 2006 to get into TV scriptwriting, she’s stayed in my peripheral vision via social media, largely due to the things she’s got involved with on the side. First launching The Paper Cup Project, (a group supporting people living on the streets of Liverpool); she then dipped into politics beating off over a thousand applicants to get a place on the Jo Cox Women in Leadership scheme. Now she has her sights on a local council seat and who knows where that will lead. When I finally got to pin her down to find out more, she described herself as ‘gobby’ and ‘annoying’ but, frankly, these are qualities you’re going to need if you’re planning on influencing homelessness legislation – which she has done. I don’t doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more of the name Michelle Langan on ballot papers in years to come. Continue reading “There are always people who don’t like what I’ve got to say, but when you need to tell the truth and get a message across, you have to put yourself out there”