It is my privilege to be the Labour candidate for Bamford in this year’s local election. It is a chance to elect a Labour councillor in Bamford and end the Tory monopoly which has had a detrimental effect on the ward. With your support, I would represent all the people in Bamford, Oakenrod, Brimord & Marland and do my best to defend Bamford from the massive Coalition cuts that have already reduced funding for our Council by £158 million (over the last 3 years) - the 13th biggest cut of any Council in England! And the cuts don’t end there, as a further 51 million will be cut during 2015-2017 (unless of course we send Mr Cameron & Mr Clegg packing in 2015!
I am passionate about standing up for local democracy and giving a voice to our communities. I am married and work as a self-employed Business Management & Development Consultant with my firm based in Rochdale. I employ local people & serve local businesses. I am a qualified Teacher, Youth and Substance Misuse Worker and have been a Community Mediator for Rochdale MBC for 5 years. In addition, I sit on the Independent Advisory Group for Greater Manchester Police as well as serve on a number of charities. I also know the effects that the Coalition cuts are having on ordinary people as I was made redundant as a direct result of budget cuts after 8 years’ service with Rochdale MBC.
Locally in Bamford there are many issues to tackle; having spoken to locals below I have prioritised some of my key pledges if elected:
I am opposed to Government plans to allow fracking all over the North West. This will have a devastating impact on our countryside and communities - fossil fuel only adds to the serious problem of climate change. I will campaign to any threats faced locally.
The Council tax has also been frozen for this year (2014-2015) by your Labour led Council despite the difficulties faced by the huge cuts from the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition Government. However, Council tax bills have risen slightly due to increased Policing costs. The Police precept - over which the Council has no control, has risen by 1.99 per cent.
George Osborne’s budgets are no doubt hurting the majority of Bamford residents. The latest budget claims our economy is fixed! I don’t think I have to tell you how broke it is!!! We’re seeing wages falling and so many millions of families are facing cost of living crisis, with many families £1600 a year worse off - A worse off Budget from an out of touch Chancellor!
Labour would end the exploitative use of zero-hours contracts which leave as many as 1 million families across the UK unable to plan for the future or know if they can afford basic necessities week-by-week.
On May 22nd, send a message to David Cameron and Nick Clegg that you don’t like what they have done to our National Health Service, that you don’t like their attack on pensioners’ tax allowances and you don’t like the lack of any policies to promote growth and reduce the increasing number of unemployed people, especially the young.
The only way you can send that message to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg is by voting Labour. Elections in Bamford are now between Labour and Conservative. The Liberal Democrats have collapsed in Rochdale, in the last Local Council Elections, the Lib Dems failed to win a single ward out of the 20 wards in Rochdale. Labour is the only alternative to the Conservatives in Bamford and it sure is time for a change!
With your support I can work with you to protect and develop your community. I hope you will be kind enough to vote for me on Thursday May 22nd so that I can speak up and represent ALL the people in Bamford.
IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE IN BAMFORD.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, if you have any questions or want to make contact – please see below for my details. Please vote Labour on Thursday 22nd May in the Local Council & Euro elections.