I was born in Coventry in 1973, and my family moved to Binley Woods in 1981. I went to Blue Coat’s Secondary School in the City. I studied at Glasgow University with three months in Florence on the Erasmus scheme. For the last 13 years I’ve lived in Earlsdon with my wife and children. I work in the NHS as a manager.
All my life I’ve been interested in politics. I was a member of the Labour Party from about 15 for over 10 years. At University I campaigned for East Timor, which had been invaded by Indonesia, and where British weapons were being used against the East Timorese. When the Labour government failed to act, I left the party in protest (East Timor gained independence from Indonesia in 2002). When Ian Duncan Smith became leader of the Conservatives I joined the party to support one-nation Conservatism, however that did not happen and I left. I am passionate about politics and social justice but I do not fit into any political party.
My commitment to peace, justice and the removal of poverty is informed by my Christian faith, and the belief that everyone without exception should be treated with dignity and respect because they are made in God’s image and are precious to Him.
Why I am standing
Britain is in crisis, divided not just by Brexit, but by wealth and poverty and the divisions between the nations of the United Kingdom. Crime is rising. Ordinary working people struggle to find a home to buy or securely rent. Politics is toxic with hatred and threats of violence. The existing parties fail to produce the ideas and leaders the nation requires. The Conservative Prime Minister uses inflammatory language and the courts have found that he has been misleading. People have left the Labour Party because of extremism.
People have lost faith in politics as a power for good. Yet politics created housing that transformed the lives of the poor, provided the NHS for healthcare for all and education which gave people a chance to improve their lives. Political campaigns stopped people dying in unsafe workplaces and created greater equality. We all live by the benefit of those who stepped out, sometimes when it looked hopeless, and decided they wanted to make a difference. If we do nothing the country will carry on becoming more divided and will go from bad to worse, while the environment is destroyed, poverty increases and our communities are weakened. It is time for change.
To sum up what I believe is required, and I can bring, it is caring and sensible.
What caring and sensible means?
- Everyone has the right to a good house, education, healthcare and to live without fear
- The environment is in crisis and requires action
- Act on common sense not ideology, for instance millions were wasted on hospital PFI schemes.
- Being prepared to pay for better when required
- Tell the truth
My polices are out workings of that thought process, which I would use as an MP to make decisions. I am planning to roll out policies during the campaign on issues such as creating more public housing, designing greener cities, backing the NHS, breaking the cycle of crime, supporting wellbeing for all, increasing positive political engagement and creating better politics.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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