I have been working as an FE & HE college lecturer in Birmingham for the past 11 years and I have direct and first-hand experience of the concerns of young people who are about to enter the workplace and embark on living independently. While the college strives to provide them with the best advice and the confidence to find personal success, there are many barriers that challenge them before they get started in life. The academisation programme begun by the Labour Party and accelerated by the Conservatives has too often forced change on schools, pupils and parents who do not want it and has not served them well. I will work to empower school communities to take the decisions which are best for them and reverse the drive to take the management of schools away from local councils.
While Erdington voted to Leave in the 2016 referendum, it is home to a wide range of nationalities included many Europeans. I believe that the Leave vote was a protest against the lack of control which people feel that they have over the decisions that affect their lives, and not an expression of hostility to others. Whatever our future relationship with Europe, I will work to support good intercommunity relationships within Erdington and to empower community decision making. We must not allow national politicking to divide us.
The best recipe for harmony at the local level in Erdington is secure jobs, decent housing and a clean environment including clean air to breathe. The past several years have been disastrous on all these fronts. Green Party policies address these areas of concern with realistic sustainable solutions for now and the future.
It’s time for a change! Vote Green!
Freedom of Movement
Whether we travel for work, for study, for love, or for any of a hundred other reasons, we are all enriched by freedom of movement
An extreme Brexit puts many of the environmental protection laws we currently have at risk
The terms of Brexit weren’t on the ballot paper. We need a people’s vote on the final deal and our place in Europe