Lucy Care was born in Derby. Her family moved away when she was at primary school and she returned after graduating from Durham University to take up a job as an engineer at Courtaulds in the Derby suburb of Spondon. She is a qualified chartered engineer.
In 1993 she was elected to Derbyshire County Council. Her local government career continued on the City Council after it gained Unitary status in 1997, when she was one of only two Liberal Democrats on the city council.
Over the following years she was instrumental in the growth of the Liberal Democrats in Derby, both on the council and in activism in local communities. In 2003 Labour lost the overall majority that they had had on the City Council since 1996 and the Liberal Democrats led a coalition with the Conservatives. Lucy became executive (cabinet) member for transport, planning and environment.
In 2005 Lucy stood for parliament in Derby South, coming in a good second to Labour.
On the council, the coalition lasted only two years, before Labour again, briefly gained a majority, but Liberal Democrat prospects in the city continued to improve, and in 2008 they became the largest party on the Council and ran it as a minority administration. Lucy was again in the executive, covering the transport and planning portfolio.
Following boundary changes, Lucy again stood for parliament in 2010, this time in Derby North – although about a third of the constituency had previously been in Derby South. She was advised not to contest her council seat at the same time and after a very positive start to the campaign, the public mood swung away from the Liberal Democrats during the final two weeks and she was again unsuccessful.
Since then she has had time to reassess her priorities and concluded that campaigning in general, and campaigning specifically through the political systems, are still key drivers for her. In 2010 she was elected to the Liberal Democrats central policy body – the Federal Policy Committee. In 2011 she guided a policy amendment through party conference and continues to be involved in local and national campaign issues both within and outside the party.