As part of our 2012 election coverage we have contacted each candidate in Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards by letter or email asking them to contribute to this year’s ’500 Words’ series. Each candidate has been invited to describe themselves and their campaigns in their own words.

Labour Party candidate for Northfield ward is Brett O’Reilly:

I have grown up and lived in Northfield Constituency all my life. I was educated at West Heath Nursery, Primary and Junior schools and I attended Turves Green Boys School where I studied for my GCSEs.

I left school in 2002 and was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship to train as an electrician. I have since worked for several years as an electrician and I now teach electrical installation and engineering at South Birmingham College.

I am a local candidate with local values at heart. I spent most of my childhood growing up in a single parent family on Fairfax Road and I really do understand the fears of local people, but furthermore, I understand their aspirations.

There are a number of issues that Northfield residents encounter everyday, whether it is parking, antisocial behaviour, litter or personal problems, I want to deliver a simple message.

I am on your side.

When I was given the opportunity to stand for councillor in Northfield, I literally jumped at the chance. You will not find anyone more passionate about Northfield and certainly no one more dedicated to improving our community.

There are a number of pledges that Labour have made if they take back the council on May 3rd, and further to this, I have made a personal pledge to visit every single street in Northfield and take action where it is most needed. I will continue to campaign for national issues such as working tax credits, education and public services, however I am entirely focused on delivering a fairer deal for Northfield.

Finally, I would like to ask you to put your faith in me as your council candidate and vote for me to be your councillor in Northfield. For over a decade, Northfield has been run by three Conservative councillors and now is the time for change. Just 55 more votes would have delivered a Labour councillor last year, this is your chance to say enough is enough and that we will not continue to be silenced while our communities are savaged by ruthless cuts and ridiculous decisions and closures.

I am your local candidate and I believe that I have the passion, drive and enthusiasm to bring about a fairer community and a Northfield, not only worth living in, but a Northfield that we can all be proud of.

Vote Brett O’Reilly on May the 3rd.

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