As part of our coverage of the 2015 local and general elections, we have invited candidates from Northfield and Bromsgrove constituencies (general election) and Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield, Weoley, Rubery North and Rubery South wards (local elections) to send in 500 Words describing themselves and their campaign.
Bart Ricketts is the Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove. He asked us to share the following from his website:
As a Liberal Democrat, Bart believes that everyone should be encouraged and supported to be as good as they can be and he brings with him to Bromsgrove an impressive record both as a Councillor and a social entrepreneur.
Bart was born in Worcester, grew up in Droitwich and moved away to study and work but has now returned to stand as the 2015 Liberal Democrats candidate for Bromsgrove.
With family throughout the County Bart has always kept in touch with local politics and issues. He represented Worcestershire at athletics and now runs and cycles for charity and trains with the Black Pear Joggers.
Bart graduated from Kingston University where he was also elected to the Students’ Union. He continued his interest in local politics and went on to be elected a London Councillor, a position he held for 8 years including being appointed Deputy Mayor. He gained a great reputation for his ability to engage and campaign with local people and take up their issues. He remains a supporter of many Environmental Charities and works with a number of organisations helping people with disabilities including mental illness to help prevent stigma.
An experienced campaigner for the environment and renewable energy Bart is passionate about recycling and reuse. He worked with MPs Ed Davey and Vince Cable when he lived in London and is now campaigning for the party’s green policies in Worcestershire. Bart is a Chartered Waste Manager and a professional member of the Chartered Managers Institute. A social entrepreneur, he has worked with a number of social enterprise, and environmental charities, including London Community Recycling Network and London Cycling Campaign.
Bart is looking forward to running a positive campaign to engage more people in politics and local campaign issues such as saving the Alexandra Hospital. He wants to create a`Stronger Economy, a Fairer Society with Opportunity for Everyone !