I have lived in Harborne since 1971. With my wife Marion, a local GP, we brought up our children and grandchildren here. They went to the excellent local schools. I have been involved in all aspects of preservation (The Harborne Society), wildlife (Moor Pool Wildlife Group), church (St Marys), community (Moor Pool Heritage Trust) and Third World (Cafod).
I joined the Green Party in 1979 and have stood in elections at all levels of government since 1981. I have lived and worked in Birmingham for 50 years, in frontline services, and served as a magistrate for 26 years.
- In Edgbaston we have the finest hospital in the country but underfunding means the waits are getting longer, staffing is more difficult and those that work there are fed up.
- Our University is world class in teaching and research but it relies on EU project funds which are already drying up.
- But all this is in danger. With direct Brexit government costs of £6.3 bn (Institute of Government, August 19) there is little left to support our world class institutions here in Edgbaston.
After 40 years of green politics I believe we are now on the cusp of a major breakthrough. The two main parties are broken. People are fed up and confused. No one seems to be listening.
The Green Party is listening and people realise this. Locally we have our first seat on Birmingham City Council. In the West Midlands we have 57 councillors and now our first MEP. The Green Party cares and works with local people, they understand this. That is why our vote continues to grow.
In 1979 Greens first stood in Edgbaston. In 2019 the Greens can win in Edgbaston. I am ready to listen and work for the people of Edgbaston.
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