As part of our 2018 Local Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in 16 wards across South West Birmingham, asking them to contribute to this election’s ’500 Words’ series.
Each candidate has been invited to describe themselves and their campaigns in their own words. Their submissions will be published – without editing – in the order that they are received. Should they be longer than 500 words, they will be cropped.
With the formation of new wards across the city, this is an all-out election, with every seat up for grabs. Some wards have one seat and some have two. Learn more about the ward changes and your candidates.
Our latest submission comes from one of two Labour candidates for Longbridge & West Heath ward, where two seats are being decided: Carmel Corrigan.
I am standing as a Labour candidate as I believe that the residents of Longbridge and West Heath should have a strong, effective voice on Birmingham City Council, ensuring that we get our fair share of all the resources available and are not forgotten about on the edges of the city. Brett and I will be that voice for you.
As a school governor, I want to help ensure that all our schools are properly funded and will work with schools and parents to ensure every Longbridge and West Heath child is getting the chance to achieve their potential, lobbying the Conservative government who are intent on removing money from Birmingham children and impacting on their education.
Conservative cuts have meant that there are 2000 less West Midlands Police officers to deal with crime. I want everyone to feel safe in their homes, not afraid of their car being damaged or stolen. Brett and I will set up a task force with the local Police, other agencies and local residents to help tackle the increasing theft of cars and burglaries that residents have been talking to us about, as well as the problem of speeding cars in the area. Longbridge and West Heath residents deserve better and we will work to ensure that those who want to commit crime know that Longbridge and West Heath are fighting back.
Brett and I have spoken to lots of residents who are concerned about litter, fly tipping and dog mess and the effect that this has on the area. We will organise regular street clean ups and dog warden patrols to help stop this blight on the local community, ensuring we have enough bins in the area and encouraging everyone to dispose of waste responsibly. We will also ensure that anyone caught fly tipping will be prosecuted and that the rubbish left is dealt with promptly.
The current state of Longbridge and West Heath roads is a concern for lots of residents and the Labour run Council recently won a court case against Amey, the contractors appointed when the Conservatives/Liberal Democrats ran the council, which will help Brett and I deal with potholes, resurfacing the roads and the poor state of many pavements more effectively.
On 3rd May, Longbridge and West Heath voters will have two votes, I would ask you to use both your votes to elect Brett O’Reilly and I. We will work tirelessly for you, the issues that affect you and your families also affect us and our families. Putting an X beside Brett and I on your ballot paper will give you two local, honest and hard working councillors for Longbridge and West Heath.
Thank you for taking the time to read my statement.