My election address

I am married to Jo; and have three children, all of whom attend local schools and a nursery. I have been a civil servant for over 20 years, and during this time have also served as a school governor and on youth offender panels. I think it is important for all of us to contribute to the success of our local community, and this is why I am standing for election.

Politics is important to me, the Labour Party represent the values of working families, and of progression. The decisions being made by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Government on taxation, wage freezes, cuts to public spending and benefits serves the interest of the few. We can see the effects of want and need in our town, and this is very much not the time to cut further police numbers.

The election of Ed Milliband as Labour leader has allowed the opportunity to refresh, and to be honest in facing the mistakes which were made. Locally I would like to join the voices of dissent against the Conservative administration, and to reflect what YOU want to say rather than the majority party. I will work with all who have common aims and objectives, but there must be a stand and challenge where it is necessary.

My election priorities are to see more visible efforts being made to integrate the different parts of what is a very diverse community. There is much to be applauded, and many positive relationships but, as widely reported in the local press, too many failures. Whilst local businesses benefit from the pool of migrant workers there needs to be greater openness with the community as to what these same companies do to assist with welfare and housing issues for example. I consider that both employers and the Authorities have a responsibility to ensure new arrivals are made aware of local laws, custom and behaviour for the benefit of the whole community. I am also keen to pursue road safety with a proposal with the agreement of residents to introduce a 20mph in residential areas and also work with officials and police on road priorities and parking enforcement.

I will be visible and accessible to you, and during this campaign should you have any questions happy to hear from you at The Wisbech Labour party is also on both Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope you will entrust me with your support.


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