During the past 18 months I have been concentrating a lot of work around voter registration and the need for people to use their vote which is their voice towards change.
A common message amongst the disaffected was that they felt that the political parties only cared about the minority of the electorate that support them. This was demonstrated during the last local elections where turnout was in some cases low as 10%. They felt that there was no candidate to inspire them to vote, despite seeing the need for change in these oppressive times.
Our City has been plagued with aggressive CUTS to local services, whilst outsourcing contractors in this City profit at the expense of the poor and vulnerable. A time when we see communities being torn apart and local facilities being closed down, such as swimming pools, local libraries, cuts to youth services and local community organisations that are there to help the poor and vulnerable, despite the management of City finances being called into question especially following the equal pay bombshell to hit Birmingham.
The Bedroom Tax is another serious issue that has been exacerbating the increasing poverty trap that many people find themselves in today, with the increase in the provision and reliance of foodbanks in Birmingham.
Clearly, there is a need for change in our City and our Local communities which are becoming increasingly divided for various reasons including wealth, health, employment, and age, despite the fact that we should be “One Community”.
A main concern that I have picked up on, is many people are asking why are our Councillors explaining theCUTS to us and not fighting them. We hear about stand up for Birmingham, but, who is really rallying the troops? Is a real effort being made or is it just the stereotypical window dressing.
I believe that its time for us top restore the connection between the people of Birmingham and Local Government, which appears at times to be only for the elite of closed shops, overcrowded by Political parties that place their Policies first and the people of Birmingham second, especially when its comes to transparency and accountability.
As such, I hereby formally announce and declare my intention stand for election as a City Councillor in the Ladywood Ward of Birmingham as an Independent Candidate for the people of Ladywood and no political party. “People First Not Party”
Ladywood is a ward that suffers from mass disaffection, with turnout in the last local elections in 2012, as mere 16.5%. In addition to this it is a clear tale of two cities with the extreme wealth of the City Centre, The Jewellery Quarter and the Broad street development and then the areas of mass depravation in Ladywood and parts of the Edgbaston/Winson Green Border and Lee Bank. The figures speak for themselves as Ladywood ward is one the poorest parts of the Country.
It is “Time for Change” in Birmingham and indeed in Politics and I see this as an opportunity for me to offer myself to serve the people of Ladywood and not any Political Party.
“Time for Change” Desmond Jaddoo says”People First Not Party”.
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