I have lived in the Selly Oak constituency for the past six years and have many friends and family in the area. I want to make a positive difference to the lives of people here and across the country.
I work for a charity that provides advocacy and support for adults with Learning Disabilities across South Birmingham and I have seen first hand the devastating impact that austerity has had on our community.
Living and working here has given me an intimate knowledge of the area and the issues facing it, such as air pollution caused by congestion, a planning system that favours speculative development over community benefit and cuts to services that so many of us rely on. These problems can all be fixed, but they require politicians who are determined to do so by taking brave decisions.
With increasing focus on the climate emergency, the other parties have to answer for their inaction and contradictory policies on this issue - such as promising to get emissions down while going ahead with airport expansion and building more roads. The Green Party proposes using the tax generated by Vehicle Emissions Duty to make bus travel free as part of a Green New Deal, instead of building yet more roads.
Investment is urgently needed to ensure that everyone lives in decent housing that doesn’t adversely affect their health or cost a fortune to heat. We need a national Warm Homes programme of insulation and retrofitting, bringing people out of fuel poverty and creating much-needed jobs.
We need to tackle the democratic deficit in this country by reforming our political system so that people feel their votes count and they don’t end up with the same politicians time and time again in “safe seats”. Proportional Representation, ending the peerage system and votes for 16-year-olds are all vital to rejuvenate politics in this country.
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