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 Labour party in Bromsgrove, Tom Ebbutt.
I owe Bromsgrove so much for giving me a great start in life. I grew up in Lickey and went to school at Waseley Hills High School in Rubery. My mum, who works with teenagers with autism, and my dad, who runs his own business, taught me not only the value of hard work but also the importance of trying to make our world a better place and playing an active part in our community.
After school I was offered a place to study history at university which opened doors for me in life that were not, and are not, available to many of my school friends. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in life, but I also know that the success I’ve had has been despite and not because of the unfair society we live in.
I want everyone to have the chance to achieve their potential in life. That’s why in my day job I work for an education charity which works to improve the lives of young people across the country, and it’s why I’m standing to be your MP.
I believe that we should have a country that works for everyone not just a few at the top, and I believe that it’s not right that the biggest determinant of where you end up in life is where you are born and what family you are born in.
That’s why I’m a member of the Labour Party – the party of social justice, the NHS, the minimum wage, of equality and opportunity for all.
At this election there is a clear choice – between a Labour Party with a clear, positive plan to make Bromsgrove a place where everyone has the chance to get on in life, and the Conservatives – who have built a country which works only for the few, and who in Bromsgrove have let our high streets decline, our planning department be taken over by Whitehall and who have consistently ignored good, cross-party suggestions for how we can improve our area.
It’s time we put an end to this. For too long Bromsgrove has been taken for granted by its Conservative MPs and Councillors. I want to be an MP who works for everyone, who fights Bromsgrove’s corner in Westminster, and who works with you all to make our area a better place to work, live and grow up.