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On the campaign trail

Posted on May 01 2005 at 1:50:36

On the eve of the General Election,we asked candidates standing in Bromsgrove to tell us about themselves and why they deserve your vote.

Dave

LABOUR: Major David Jones MBE

Bromsgrove resident David Jones, aged 38, has a 20-year record of serving others.

He is a professional youth worker who has worked with some of the most deprived young people in the West Midlands, including young homeless people in Birmingham.

In 2003, as a Major in the Territorial Army, David was mobilised for the war-fighting phase of the operation in Iraq. Whilst on operational duty he served with the Royal Engineers, working on water supply, force protection and infrastructure tasks.

His commitment to serving others was very evident even when in the Middle East – he organised a large fun run for coalition personnel that helped raise several thousand pounds for the local hospital in Umm Qasr to buy essential medical equipment.

David is a magistrate on the Bromsgrove and Redditch Bench and works voluntarily as the regional representative for the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, as well as being involved with several other charitable bodies.

He received the MBE in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his work with young people and the local community.

David says: “As a local man I want to improve the quality of lives of all residents of Bromsgove. I will be a Bromsgrove council taxpayer who will work tirelessly on real issues that affect our lives.”

Pledges
*  Call Bromsgrove District Council to account
*  Support the workers and families hit by the collapse of MG Rover
*  Improve GP and dentist services
*  Campaign for a better railway station at Bromsgrove
*  I’d be passionate about your concerns

What issues do you want me to focus on?
*  Fight to save the beautiful Bromsgrove green belt
*  Champion local policing
*  Lead on the regeneration of an exhausted Bromsgrove High Street
*  Lobby for better nutrition in local schools
*  Create affordable housing for your children

To contact David Jones, ring the campaign hotline on 01527 831038 or email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Sue

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT: Sue Haswell

Sue Haswell, 41, has lived in Bromsgrove with her family for a decade and has had a business promotion and marketing company here since 1997.

Sue campaigned to prevent the district council from allowing Tesco to build a superstore on the town’s football ground.

She is now spearheading a petition to ensure that, whatever the eventual fate of MG Rover, the land is retained for employment and enterprise: “It is vital that we keep jobs in the locality. Forcing people to travel further for work will create yet more traffic.

“On village issues, we need to deal with roads, footpaths and verges. Weeds, rubbish and kerbside litter are building up, and potholes cause a danger to all road users.

“Young people in Barnt Green, Burcot and Blackwell have no evening public transport into Bromsgrove and little to occupy their time in the villages.

“We need to consult young people to find out what they really want, then we need to implement it.

“We are committed to keeping our green belt and ensuring consultation with residents on building proposals.”

Sue is proud to be a Bromsgrove resident and says she is bitterly disappointed by the district council. 

She claims local people will welcome national Lib Dem policies: 

*  Tough on crime –  which means 15 extra police constables in Bromsgrove.
*  Redirect school investment – ensure every child has a quality education close to home. This will cut the traffic chaos worsened by long school runs.
*  Pragmatically green – support easier doorstep recycling collections.
*  Hugely benefit older people –  local income tax will see a typical Bromsgrove pensioner pay 50% less.
*  Put communities first –  we don’t want to become part of Birmingham.

“Let’s break from an incompetent past to a brighter future. We must put people at the heart of every decision.”

Contact Sue Haswell on 01527 873937 or 07966 301698.


Julie

CONSERVATIVE: Julie Kirkbride

You elected Julie Kirkbride as MP for Bromsgrove in 1997 and since then she has established a solid reputation for working hard on behalf of her constituents.

Julie, her husband and fellow MP Andrew MacKay and their four-year-old son Angus divide their time between London and their home in Bromsgrove.

A high-profile MP, to the benefit of her party and Bromsgrove, Julie regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes, such as BBC’s Question Time and Any Questions, as well as in the press.

As Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport she forced Tony Blair to invite all political parties to the national celebration of England’s Rugby World Cup victory at Downing Street.

Like all working mothers, Julie says she juggles hard to balance her responsibilities both to her family and the job she loves – as your MP.

Campaign telephone number 01527 872135.


Paul

UKIP: Paul Buckingham

Paul Buckingham is 68 years old, married with two sons and four grandchildren. He has spent most of his life in this area and lives in Wythall.

Having spent 38 years in local authority fire brigades and five years running his own business, Paul retired in 2001. He has been a UKIP supporter for the past five years and became a member of the Party two years ago.

He says: “I would like all readers of The Village to ask themselves two simple questions. Firstly: ‘Would I like to see Britain an independent sovereign state again, looking after its own issues and problems without EU interference?’

“If your answer is ‘no’, I presume you will be reading no further. If you have answered ‘yes’, however, you qualify for question number two: ‘On the basis of wishing to see Britain independent, which of the three main parties can I vote for?’

“The sad answer to that question can only be ‘None of them!’

“The leaders of the main parties are committed to remaining members of the EU, which is not independence and not a democratic decision.

“Parliament in Westminster is packed with 650-odd, democratically elected representatives of the people, not one of whom supports the idea of an independent, democratic Britain!

“Let’s give our career politicians the message. Every vote for UKIP not only states your wish to be free of rule from Brussels, but also implies your dissatisfaction with current politics and politicians.”

Campaign telephone number 0121 430 2373.


As The Village went to press before nominations closed, these were the candidates who had contacted us.

Acting returning officer for Bromsgrove Vince Harrison declined to tell us of other candidates, if any, until nominations had closed.

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