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.
Hannah Campbell • Conservative • Selly Oak
None of us wanted to hold a General Election in December, but with Parliament in deadlock, Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the decision to ask you all to come out to the polling stations to get Brexit done. Then, we can start focussing on the people’s priorities of delivering more police on our streets, the right funding for our amazing local NHS and delivering the best possible funding deal for our local schools.
I’m a local business woman – I live just on the edge of the constituency in Worcestershire and I work in Birmingham. I work with major blue chip brands, helping them to develop their staff’s skills for the digital age. I am passionate about giving young people opportunities through apprenticeships – ensuring they have the right skills for the jobs of the future.
Before that I was my own boss running a couple of small shops and I’ve got a clear insight into some of the challenges of our business communities – especially our local high streets, like Stirchley and Bournville, which are having to take on the challenge of the major retailers, changing shopping habits and the giant retail parks.
For eight years, I was an elected district and town councillor in a town centre ward, holding senior positions. I was an active councillor, standing up for my constituents – something I look forward to doing if elected. Like most people, I want to get Brexit done to ensure that a strong Conservative majority Government can focus on the people’s priorities. And with a fresh voice in Parliament, I want Selly Oak to get a fair share of the extra 366 police officers promised by the Home Secretary – we need more bobbies on the beat to ensure people are safe on our streets.
One of the key issues on the doorstep is school funding – we need to support our teachers to do a great job and this only comes from increased funding. A Conservative majority Government will deliver £14billion of extra funding to help our schools level up – including money to help schools pay for their teachers’ extra pension costs, more money for pupils with special educational needs. And as someone who works day-to-day helping people on apprenticeships I’m delighted to support the pledge for more apprenticeships, especially on major infrastructure projects and extra cash for 16-19 education to help up-skill the workforce of the future.
Most of all, I want Selly Oak to fulfil its potential to be a great place to live and work by investing in new ventures like the new Life Sciences Park, delivering the right houses in the right places to help people get on the property ladder together with the security of a regular pay packet – especially young people. Like you, I want us to Get Brexit Done and deliver a secure, prosperous, ambitious future for Birmingham Selly Oak. Please vote for me, Hannah Campbell, on December 12.
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