As part of our 2019 General Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in Northfield, Bromsgrove, Edgbaston and Selly Oak constituencies 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.
Gary Sambrook • Conservative • Birmingham Northfield
It’s easy to forget, but in 2010 the country looked very different. Public finances in chaos. Out-of-control spending. More and more people unemployed. So we should remember just how far we’ve come. Together, as a country, we took the tough decisions – and we turned the economy around.
Our public finances are under control. Our economy is growing. 3.7 million more people are in work. And our priorities are starting to get the attention they deserve. This is real progress. And it could all be lost in a few short weeks.
Locally, there’s so much we can achieve as well. We’ve got a plan – and we’re working to deliver it.
– We want to build more homes local people can afford.
– Improve our train services at Kings Norton, Northfield and Longbridge.
– Helping more local people into work.
– And reduce crime by putting more police on the beat in our area.
Don’t be in any doubt, the only way to get Brexit done is by voting for me your Conservative Candidate. Voting for anyone else means another remain MP causing more delay and uncertainty.
The last three years have felt like a lifetime. Parliament has proven itself incapable of getting Brexit done. So we need a new set of MP’s who are committed to delivering Brexit so we can all move on and focus on the NHS, the police and schools.
Birmingham has been dominated by labour for years. We’ve had a Labour MP for decades. Birmingham council is run by Labour – and they can’t even run a bin service which works!
They have blamed their failures on the Government rather than taking action to actually improve peoples lives and our local area. They have just passed the book rather than taking action to help.
Birmingham Northfield is the most marginal seat in Birmingham and the bookies have the race as a dead heat. Your vote could decide who is our next Prime Minister.
Labour has proposed many things, all claiming to be free. But this is simply not true, because YOU the taxpayer will have to pay.
Whether that is with there new homes tax which will affect pensioners, single parents and young professionals the most. Costing them an extra £300 a year. Or increasing tax on things like fuel and plane tickets.
Offering to re-nationalise trains, water, electricity, and even make broadband free.
But we all know here in Birmingham they can’t collect the bins properly – how on earth are they going to run a national broadband company?
We have a chance to make a difference. You can either elect me your local Conservative candidate who will get Brexit done and will work with the community to make our area a better place. Or you can have more of the same. More years of under investment. More years of uncertainty and under action on the big issues affecting Birmingham Northfield.
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