It is my privilege to be the Labour candidate for Norden in this May’s local election. It is your chance to elect a Labour councillor in Norden and end the Tory monopoly which has failed to speak out and defend local services in Norden. With your support, I would represent all the people in Norden, Birtle, Caldershaw, Red Lumb & Ashworth and do my best to defend Norden from the massive Tory cuts that have already reduced funding for our Borough by over £200 million over the last 6 years.
I am passionate about standing up for local democracy and giving a voice to our communities. I am married with one child 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 in Rochdale for 6 years.
In addition, I am a director of a community social interest company that provides health & wellbeing to communities in Rochdale and operates a self-sustaining community cafe. I sit on the Independent Advisory Group for Greater Manchester Police as well as serving on a number of charities. I also know the effects that the Tory 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.
In Norden there are many issues to tackle. I have spoken to local voters and with their help I have prioritised some of my key pledges if elected:
The Council tax has been increased slightly for this financial year (2016-2017) by 3.6%. The blame for 2% of this council tax increase lies squarely at the door of the Conservative Government who will not provide the funding for the Care services that the most vulnerable in our communities need and deserve. Our core plans are set out in the Labour Manifesto.
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The next chance to vote for your Councillor will be 2018 and by then it may be too late to save essential local services in Norden.
Conservative policies and George Osborne’s budgets are no doubt hurting the majority of Norden residents. It is very important for local councillors to stand up and fight for local services. Unfortunately for all the people of Norden the 3 Conservative councillors have not done this, standing by without making a comment. Only by voting Labour will people have a Councillor willing to challenge these damaging policies.
With your support I will work with you to protect services and develop Norden ward. I hope you will be kind enough to vote for me on Thursday 5 May so that I can speak up and represent ALL the people in Norden. The next few years won’t be easy by any means but I promise as your councillor, that I and the Labour Council will continue to work towards a better Rochdale.
One of my key commitments to the residents of Norden is that I will be out and about throughout the year not just at election time, I have always interacted with members of the community in my work and voluntary roles, and you can be assured that if you give me the honour of being your Councillor that is what I will be doing.
STANDING UP NOT STANDING BY.
LABOUR WILL STAND UP FOR YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY.
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 5 May in the Local Council elections.
Twitter: @dobirmiah or @norden_labour