GE2019 | 500 Words: Preet Kaur Gill • Labour • Birmingham Edgbaston

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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.


Preet Kaur Gill • Labour • Edgbaston

[resubmitted] 

I grew up in Birmingham Edgbaston, I went to school here and my father drove the number 11 bus. I have deep roots in our community and understand the issues which matter most to our area. As a social worker, I know the devastating effects of Tory austerity on many of the most vulnerable in society.

In 2017 I was elected to represent you as your Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston. Since then, I helped more than 14,000 people; supporting individuals locally and raising residents’ concerns in Parliament.

I want to continue to be your hardworking MP. Re-elect me on December 12th to be your local champion.

I pledge to:

1. Invest in our NHS to protect our Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The last nine years of Tory rule have seen the biggest funding squeeze in NHS history, leading to 4.3 million people on the waiting list for operations.

Labour will increase investment in the NHS by an average 4.3% a year, to deliver the standards of care we expect.

2. Reverse Tory cuts to our vital public and community services here in Edgbaston

Our council is at breaking point due to funding cuts of 31% here in Birmingham. Since 2010, rough sleeping has more than doubled in our city and the West Midlands Fire Service has lost nearly 600 staff.

I will continue to fight to protect our public services by taxing those at the very top to properly fund services for everyone.

3. Invest in our police to keep our community and its residents safe

Police officer numbers in the West Midlands are down 2,000 since the Conservatives were elected and knife crime in Birmingham has risen 85% since 2012, one of the largest increases in the country.

As your MP, I fought the closure of Quinton and Harborne police stations and will keep arguing for them to be re-opened. I will fight for more police and to rebuild neighbourhood policing to protect our communities.

4. Stop education cuts and properly fund our schools, colleges and universities

All 31 schools here in Birmingham Edgbaston have suffered cuts under the Tories and next year they are facing a cut of £7.7 million – that’s £544 less per-pupil. As a mother with two young children, I share the serious concerns of many parents about our children’s futures.

Labour will invest in free childcare for all two to four-year olds, stop cuts to schools, provide free school meals for primary school children, reduce class sizes and abolish tuition fees.

5. Invest in youth services to support our young people

Public spending on youth services in England has fallen by £1 billion since 2010. As a result, 43 youth centres have been forced to close in Birmingham and there are only 39 full time youth workers serving the whole city.

Far too many young people have nowhere to go, nothing to do and a lack of role models to talk to. I have created a mental health working group to give young people a say on the services they need.


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. “Our council is at breaking point”. This is more due to the ruling Labour group’s severe incompetence than anything else. You only have to look at the two year bin strike with rats running around the streets to know what rule by Labour means to the people of Birmingham. And here in Northfield Constituency we see some Labour councillors apparently failing to turn out to support Corbyn. The local Labour Candidate doesn’t seem to find it possible to use the word “Corbyn”.
    Do we want the country to be run in the same way as Birmingham has been by Labour in the past few years? Surely not.

  2. This is just a copy of your election address, you couldn’t even be bothered to trim it down to the 500 word limit requested.

    You lied about a primary school having to make staff redundant when they hadn’t, forcing them to issue a rebuttal.

    You lied about Labour not wanting to integrate private schools into the state sector when it is in the manifesto

    You lied about respecting the result of the referendum when you were first elected in 2017.

    You are consistently lying about preposterous and demonstrably untrue claims about the NHS being ‘sold’

    Most unforgivably, you are actively campaigning to put an anti-semite into Number 10.

    You are not fit to represent Edgbaston.

  3. You mention youth services yet we have never seen you here at one of the biggest youth provisions on your patch? Struggling to survive I have heard it all before. You sent us a pre-written letter asking for our support. Well what do they say out of sight out of mind.

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