Kidderminster 2018

Your Kidderminster Labour Candidates

Ben Davies – Labour Candidate – Aggborough & Spennells

My name is Ben Davies, I'm 25, and proud to be standing as your local District Councillor candidate for Aggborough & Spennells.

I'd just like to take the time to let you know a bit more about me, as well as why I'm standing up for our ward.

I've grown up on Spennells, attending the local schools before graduating from University in 2014. Since then, I've worked in numerous sectors around the town. I love our surrounding greenbelt land and all the benefits that come with it, including a thriving wildlife, physical and mental health benefits and the opportunity to speak to residents out and about.

I want to protect our natural environment by supporting brownfield regeneration to house current and future generations whilst also helping to breathe life back into our town.

I want residents to feel safe and secure in their homes, wherever they live, and it is evident that as a community we care for one another in our neighbourhoods. This sense of belonging is what I want to achieve and build on throughout our ward.

Furthermore, I firmly believe that an honest day's work should be rewarded with an honest day's Living Wage. For our local workforce, particularly young people, building a life here whilst bringing home a challenging wage can be a real struggle - which is why I want to work with employers to encourage a real Living Wage for our local workforce.

We have a real chance to achieve all this on Thursday 3rd May. Alongside Labour manifesto pledges, as a young, passionate candidate for the ward, I promise to fight for our greenbelt land, our community and our local workforce.

Make your voice heard on May 3rd.

Daniel Crampton – Labour Candidate - Blakebrook and Habberley South

 My name is Daniel Crampton.    I’m a nurse, 31, married with a young son. I have lived in the local area for the past 16 years. I am proud to have been invited to stand as your Labour Candidate for Blakebrook and Habberley South in the District Council Elections on Thursday 3rd May.

We all strive for the very best for our family and friends, bringing our children up in a safe, prosperous and healthy environment. To do this means attracting new and greater investment into Kidderminster with well paid jobs, providing the best education for our children, and it means protection and reinvestment into our public services.

Investment in our Police where over 1,400 officers have been cut in the West Midlands including 135 here in West Mercia.

Investment in our local National Health Service facilities where many have been taken away, and other local facilities such as the Ludlow Road Respite Centre remain under threat.

Tory austerity cuts, both locally and nationally, have been savage. My concern is the damage this has caused and continues to have for current and future generations. Every day locally we witness more and more Tory mismanagement. For example, we see Wyre Forest District Council closing services at the central and convenient Town Centre Hub to be relocated out of the focus of the town centre to Green Street. This will penalise families without their own transport, on low incomes, the elderly and people with disabilities. This must be stopped as soon as possible.

Together, we have a real opportunity to make a difference and protect the frontline services you and your family rightly value so much.

That is why I am asking you to use your vote to vote Labour on Thursday 3rd May.

If you wish to contact me then please email me at danielcrampton86@gmail.com

Thank you

Chris Nicholls - Labour Candidate – Franche & Habberly North

My name is Chris Nicholls and I am delighted to have been selected as your Labour District Council Candidate for Franche and Habberley North. I am a retired teacher and have three grown up children.

I believe I can use my wealth of political and community experience (24years as a District Councillor and 26 years as a Parish Councillor) to represent you in a professional and effective way.

I am an experienced Councillor on local issues and led the campaign against large scale development at Halfpenny Green Airport.I am determined to defend the Green Belt around Franche and Habberley North and protect our key areas like Habberley Valley, Puxton Marsh and Blakemarsh.

If elected I will work hard to ensure that Business re-generation and more housing are top priorities. I will campaign for pedestrian safety on our roads and anti-pollution issues by supporting speed restrictions for cars and lorries.

Local Authorities have had 40% of their funding cut from Central Government since 2010 and services have suffered. The NHS is one example of underfunding which has had a detrimental effect on patients! I will fight for more services at Kidderminster Hospital.

Austerity policies have been the main priority of the Tories since the Credit Crunch in 2008. As the 6th richest country in the world, why are so many people who work having to use Food Banks? I believe that after 10 years we have paid the price of austerity and now is the time to invest in our communities.

Where to begin! Health, Housing, Education, Police, Transport and Roads have all suffered from lack of investment. (Just look at the number of pot holes in the ward).

The Tories plan more cuts and only the Labour Party will protect the NHS and our Public Services. A Labour win at district elections on May 3rd is the start of the fightback.

After years of failures and increasing hardship for the people of Wyre Forest it’s time that a party that represents the many and not the few be given a chance. PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE FOR ME.

Thank you.

Nick Savage – Labour Candidate – Offmore & Comberton

My name is Nick Savage and I’m delighted to have been selected as your Labour District Council candidate for Offmore & Comberton.  

I’ve lived in the Wyre Forest for over 30 years and I stood as a Labour candidate for Offmore & Comberton in the last three elections. A former commercial manager for Kidderminster Harriers, I’m now a market trader and have met many of you at my market stall on Kidderminster Market as well as on the doorstep.

 I’ve developed a real love for the area and I want to see it improved in the way it deserves. If I’m elected I’ll fight for what we need, including a better local bus service and better roadside parking. Further afield, I’m strongly opposed to building on green belt land on nearby Spennells and I’ve been part of the campaign to save the Ludlow Road short-break respite centre which provides a lifeline to disabled young people and their parents. 

I’m currently supporting Kidderminster market traders in their fight against being kicked off their pitches on the days when the international market is there.

Everywhere, people share the same hopes: a secure job, a decent home, a good standard of living, prospects for their kids, and proper care for their parents. For many these dreams are dying. The NHS and social care are in crisis, homelessness has doubled. Teachers, nurses and parents have been let down by the Conservatives. 

Elect me to represent you on May 3rd and tell the Tories that we will not accept cruel austerity any longer.

Brian Seymour-Smith – Labour Candidate - Foley Park and Hoobrook

My name is Brian Seymour-Smith and I am proud to have been invited to stand as your Labour Party Candidate for Foley Park and Hoobrook in the District Elections on Thursday 3rd May.

I offer vast experience which includes working in both the Public and Private sectors. I have worked at all levels from the board room to the factory floor, all of which has given me a unique insight into what makes organisations work. The bottom line is it’s all about teamwork, fairness and working together for the benefit of each other. That is what a community is all about.

We all strive for the very best for our family and friends, bringing our children up in a safe, prosperous and healthy environment. To do this, means attracting new and greater investment into Kidderminster with well paid jobs; providing the best education for our children; and it means the protection and reinvestment into our public services.

Investment in our Police where over 1,400 officers have been cut in the West Midlands with 135 less in West Mercia.

Investment in our local National Health Service facilities where many have been taken away and other local facilities such as the Ludlow Road Respite Centre remain under threat.

Tory austerity cuts, both locally and nationally have been savage and proved fruitless and useless. My concern is the damage this has and continues to have for current and future generations. Every day locally we witness more and more utter Tory mismanagement. For example, we see Wyre Forest District Council closing services at the central and convenient Town Centre Hub to Green Street. This will cause mayhem and penalise families without their own transport, on low incomes, the elderly and people with disabilities. This stupidity must be stopped as soon as possible.

I’m sure you can appreciate how vital your vote is. Together, we have a real opportunity to make a difference and protect the frontline services you and your family rightly value so much. That is why I am asking you to use your vote to vote Labour on Thursday 3rd May.

Thank you for reading this letter and If you wish to contact me then please email me at: br467@btinternet.com.

Gareth Webster – Labour Candidate – Broadwaters

My name is Gareth Webster and I am delighted to have been selected as your Labour District Council Candidate for our area, Broadwaters Ward.

I am a local postman and have walked around every part of Wyre Forest in my eleven years of service. About six years ago my wife and I chose our home in Broadwaters so that we could settle down and raise a family. We fell in love with the area for its diversity and lovingly maintained parks.

This is not to say that we couldn't improve our area. We have some wonderful volunteers and community groups, but why must we rely so heavily on them? I do not feel that Broadwaters gets its fair share of investment. We are a gateway to Kidderminster, why is it mostly our volunteers who shoulder improving our ward?

We have the power to change this on May 3rd. I promise, alongside Labour's manifesto commitments, to personally campaign for the funds our ward needs and deserves to prosper.

Let's work together for a better Broadwaters, vote Labour Thursday 3rd May.

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