Minus a couple of years in Chasetown, I have lived in Lichfield all my life. For the past five years, I have lived in St John’s with my two children. During this time, I have worked for a county council, I have completed a degree in Sociology, and I am currently studying a master’s in criminology. My degrees have opened my eyes to vast inequality, we currently face globally, nationally and locally which encouraged me to join the party. As a proud active member of the Labour party, I have helped campaign for two bye-elections, helped obtain signatures against the cutting of school crossing patrols, ran for City Councillor in September 2018, became Women’s Officer and most recently chair for Lichfield City. With whatever role I undertake I adopt a proactive, determined and hardworking attitude to achieve the best outcomes possible.
I believe these experiences, has deepened my commitment to helping my community and after the fallout from the Friarsgate, our council needs change. People in St John’s need to have their voices listened to and represented. I would be honoured to be selected to help, if elected I would strive to;
- Listen and reflect your concerns at council meetings
- Handle your concerns and queries, effectively.
- Demonstrate transparency and accountability.
- Hold regular surgeries.
I have lived in the City for 12 years and my step children attended Nether Stowe School before going to university. Prior to this I had raised my two boys on my own and I am proud to say they have both done well and I am now a grandfather.
Like you I have seen many changes in Lichfield, some for the better but far too many have let Lichfield down. Change is of-course constant but we have seen the Friarsgate fiasco continue to blight our City and parking charges which deter visitors to our City. We hear the same old tune of Conservative councillors refusing to apologise for carelessly forgetting that they are directors on development companies and misusing council equipment to sell apartments in Spain. We also need a real plan to help the homeless in Lichfield.
You don’t need to tell me to tell you about the problems we face with pot holes, fly tipping, shops closing, Brown Bin Poll tax, lack of social and affordable housing and GP waiting times. You need someone on Lichfield Council to stand up on your behalf and fight for a fair and positive change
I believe that Lichfield and our local community can be a place we can be proud to call home, a place where we can regain our community spirit and regenerate the £7 million Friarsgate bomb site that we have paid for. We need better facilities, more affordable homes in the right places, instead of unaffordable in our countryside. We need our elderly to be supported and our young people to be nurtured. Opportunities for all not just a few, so we can feel that Lichfield belongs to us all.
If elected, I pledge to:
- Be fair – finding a fairer charge replacing the Brown Bin Poll Tax.
- Be effective – putting your views first and holding street surgeries to find the issues you are passionate about.
- Be forward-looking – Finding a better solution to the Friarsgate fiasco.
- Be transparent and accountable – Labour is called the party of tax but the Tories have just raised the council tax to the most possible. This is because they have made a mess of the council spending accounts. We would find a wiser solution.
I’m 42 years old, and have been a resident of Lichfield for the last 11 years where I have been an active member of the Labour Party for all this time. I graduated from Swansea University in Mathematics in 1998, having previously attended Neston High School in Cheshire. I have also undertaken a masters’ degree in public health analysis at Liverpool John Moores University. My current occupation is as a performance data analyst at Walsall Council. I am a keen cyclist and badminton player.
I’m also have further areas of policy interest that Labour can offer differently through alternative arrangements for exiting the EU, increasing police numbers, increasing funding to schools and the application arrangements for universal credit on a national scale. Additionally, on a local scale charges for the collection of garden waste, roads falling into disrepair and anti-social behaviour in residential areas.