Stephen Brown – Town Council Elections
It is my proposal to you as voters that we can restore to Kidderminster what all towns and people used to hold dear - civic pride – by using ambitious progressive policies that serve the people, our communities and business rather than vested interest. I want to play my part in making Kidderminster a greater place to live, work, and visit.
We can do that by working together and rejecting the stale politics of mediocrity and austerity that have been served up to us over the last few years like we have no choice. Well, you do have a choice, and the Labour Party is now the only Party demonstrating that choice in a way that can make a positive electoral difference to our everyday lives.
A bit about me: I am originally from the Black Country but have lived in Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Ledbury and settled here in Wyre Forest for good in 2007. I have worked in both private industry and public bodies as well as being a travelling musician and long standing trade union official. I make no apologies for being committed to the championing of working people’s rights, decent pay and conditions, and equality. I do not feel these values are incompatible with good business practice. I am passionate about public services and public ownership because only democratically accountable public services can be run for the benefit of all of us if they are free of the profit motive which seeks to only line the pockets of corporations – be it in the health service, local councils, housing policy, transport or utilities. The public has been lied to for far too long by those with a vested interest in eyeing up the financial opportunities they can grab in the services upon which we all rely. It is no surprise that wealth inequality is now at pre-war levels given the policies pursued by politicians.
Locally, I have been chair of the Kidderminster Hospital Alliance, fought for better public transport, opposed Hartlebury Incinerator, helped local people with housing problems, opposed the bedroom tax, raised issues about waste and recycling. I voluntarily run 2 advice charities in Birmingham dedicated to helping improve the lives of ordinary people facing difficult economic times. In my day job I am a senior trade union official.
It would be an honour to receive your vote and work for the betterment of Kidderminster and our people.