I hereby announce that I have submitted my nomination papers and paid my deposit and I am standing as an Independent Candidate in Coventry South.
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.