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.
This from prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party in Northfield, Rachel Maclean.
I’ve lived in and around Birmingham virtually all my life and have run a small business in the City and raised my children here. I now live in Kings Norton and I’m standing for election as your MP because I’ve seen first hand that our area needs change and a strong local voice.
This is the first time I’ve stood for any election so I’m far from a career politician! I’m a working Mum, who believes that the values of the Conservative party help busy working families like mine build a strong secure future. After we inherited record debts and a country on the brink from the Labour party, David Cameron’s team, in coalition, have begun the difficult work of turning around our country. We have turned this country into the jobs factory of Europe, with more than 2.2 million jobs created in the private sector. Good, well paid jobs, the vast majority of which are full time. Businesses have the confidence to invest and grow, creating jobs for local residents. We have invested in skills for our young people, with more than 6000 apprenticeships created in Northfield.
An important principle for Conservatives is that we believe in a balanced recovery. Under the Labour government, we saw a concentration of wealth in the South East, in particular in banking and financial services. But under this Parliament, we have seen investment and confidence returning to the Midlands. Birmingham is creating a job every 10 minutes, and our great manufacturing tradition is experiencing a renaissance. The car industry in particular is driving innovation and investment, a catalyst for our local economy.
On top of that, we have have enabled hard working people to keep more of their own money. Over 40,000 people in Northfield have seen a tax cut. At the same time, George Osborne has taken more money from rich people in our country, than any other Chancellor, ever.
When other parties make promises, remember they are dreams without substance, without the strong powerful economy to drive the billions needed for our NHS, schools, hospitals, police and elderly care. Its only with a strong economy that we can support our citizens and pay off our debts. It is only by living within our means as a country that we can secure the future of our next generation. I’d urge you to vote Conservative on May 7th so I can help David Cameron continue the hard work of turning our country around, for the sake of local residents in Northfield.