It is a privilege to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Springfields and Trent Vale ward for the City Council by-election on Thursday 26th July.
If I am elected, I will stand up for the local community and be their strong local voice in the Council Chamber. The things that are a nuisance to residents are important issues to me, whether they are the cracked paving stones on Kensington Road, or the potholes on Collin Road. I firmly believe in starting as I mean to go on. The Labour campaign team and I are on people’s doorsteps listening to residents’ concerns and tackling their problems.
I have been active in trade unions and labour movement politics since I was a teenager. I am a governor at both Kingsland Primary and Kingsland Nursery Schools. I have three children and have volunteered at the Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre. I also work with women who have suffered domestic violence, offering support and helping them escape abusive relationships. As a socialist, I believe we have a duty to help others less fortunate than ourselves, and it is because of my values that I am a member of the Labour Party.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been hit very hard by the Tory-led government. This has forced the council to make savings of over £50m to manage their budgets and stimulate growth in the city. It is very likely the city can expect further cuts this year in the guise of devolving more powers from government to local authorities. The government’s so called austerity measures are not working in terms of the predicted growth and stability yet we are now hearing from senior figures in government that the austerity measures will continue for a number of years. The need for us to continue to protect the most vulnerable in our communities will become even more paramount. This is the daunting challenge facing the city, and I firmly believe Labour is the only party capable of meeting it.
That is why the council has embarked on its ‘Mandate for Change’ programme. Our City centre is currently under performing and we need to breathe new life into it to make our city a success story. By becoming anchor tenants in the new Central Business District, your Labour council will boost private sector confidence and create thousands of high quality jobs.
I know many people in Springfields and Trent Vale make the short trip to Stoke to shop. I will work hard to ensure it does not become a ghost town, and that customers from new businesses and new homes will replace relocated council workers.
I believe this by-election is important because it is about the kind of city we want. People voting Labour will be supporting a plan for jobs, growth, and protected local services.
Ultimately, what matters is the candidate and their ability to work in a team to pull our city through these difficult times, not their post code.
If you live in Springfields and Trent Vale, I hope I can count on your vote on Thursday 26th July.