As part of our coverage of 2016 local elections, we have invited all candidates from Northfield district – Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards – to send in 500 Words describing themselves and their campaign.
From Northfield Ward candidate, outgoing councillor, Brett O’Reilly:
Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who went to the polling stations back in 2012 and elected me to represent my home ward of Northfield. I grew up on Fairfax Road, went to West Heath Primary, Turves Green Boys School, and still live locally with my family.
I believe in honest politics, giving straight answers to tough questions, speaking out, and standing up for our local area, even if at times that puts me at odds with the council. Over my four years in office, I have never claimed a penny in expenses, and voted against pay rises for councillors, reflecting the views of local citizens, who are sick of seeing services cut, whilst politicians get pay rises.
Through relentless local campaigning, and working together with the community, we have seen funding secured for a new leisure centre, investment in housing, parks and open spaces improved, and a commitment from the council to deliver a library for the people of West Heath, as well as retaining Northfield Library. Most recently, we saved the ‘Cofton Oak’ from being cut down, and secured a full review of parking conditions across Birmingham, including surrounding the Longbridge development and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
It is not just about the bigger projects. Over the last four years, I have worked tirelessly to make Northfield, Longbridge, Cofton and West Heath a better place to live; tackling fly tipping, dog fouling, potholes and footpath resurfacing, and making our roads safer.
On May 5th, there will be a clear choice at the local elections in Northfield.
A vote for the Tory candidate will mean more cuts, more local closures, privatisation of council services, and a return to the bad old days of complacent career politics.
I have had many successes with local campaigns, however there is still so much more to do, and much more that can be achieved. My record speaks for itself, and if you put your faith in me once again at the ballot box, I will continue to represent you, as your honest, hard-working, local councillor.
It has been an honour and a privilege for me to serve you for the last four years, and with your support, I believe we can build a better future for Northfield Ward.