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Local Candidates Hold Q&A at #TeamKC 25/11/2019

LOCAL ELECTION CANDIDATES QUESTIONS TIME

On Wednesday Kidderminster College hosted the local Wyre Forest District political candidates to give an exclusive Q&A session with our students.

It was an opportunity for our students, both those who could vote and those that couldn’t, to quiz the local candidates about their policies and how they propose to help the upcoming generation.

ABOUT THE CANDIDATES

Robin is the current leader of the Labour Group on Worcestershire County Council and has been a Labour councillor for 10 years. He has worked in Kidderminster for nearly 6 years as an Independent Financial Planner.

Cllr Lunn said, “I am delighted to be the Wyre Forest Labour candidate in this most crucial of General Elections. Following the predictable collapse of the ‘In post but not in power’ Conservative government, politics has reached the stage where there is no such thing as a safe seat anymore. After a decade of austerity, turmoil and uncertainty, both Wyre Forest and the wider country deserve a happier and more positive start to the 2020’s.

I believe that I can win this constituency for Labour because, without any doubt, our positive policies across health, education, the economy, housing and the Green New Deal will address the extreme inequalities in this country perpetuated by successive Conservative governments since 2010 under the smoke screen of austerity. We all deserve better!”

Mark was elected to serve the constituency of Wyre Forest in 2010, but has been an active campaigner in the area since January 2004, standing for election at the 2005 general election.

Mark is a governor of Kidderminster College and takes an active interest in the local community in Wyre Forest, supporting local charities and other organisations. Outside Wyre Forest and his political interests, Mark is a Freeman of the City of London, sitting on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers. In his free time, Mark is a keen photographer as well as a keen target rifle shot, and is an enthusiast in both historic motoring and historic aviation.

Cllr Shazu Miah, Cllr since 2016 and LibDem Parliamentary Candidate in 2017. Shazu is a local Solicitor who owns a Legal Practice with branches in Kidderminster and Tipton and also owns a thriving Tandoori Restaurant in the Constituency. He is Chair of Governors at St. Georges CE Primary School in Kidderminster, Treasurer of Offmore Comberton Action Group and a Founder Member of the Friends of St Georges Park. He is Chair of Wyre Forest Lib Dems He is also a Committee Member of Wyre Forest in EU.

Green candidate John Davis, who has lived in Wyre Forest for 12 years, said it was really important for everyone to have the opportunity to vote Green next month.

“We’re finding that our support base is growing massively since awareness of the environment is coming to the forefront now,” said Mr Davis.

“It’s an uphill struggle to get people to take environmental issues seriously, but people are much more aware now.

“At the last local election, Green Party member Vicky Caulfield was elected to the district council, which shows that people in the area are showing greater concern for the climate crisis.”

He added: “I care passionately about the area. I see people on the streets in the Wyre Forest and I think what are we doing about it? We see in the newspaper that children’s centres are closing and these cuts are predominately affecting women.

MANIFESTOS

Each party’s manifesto sets out what their plans are should they come into power; the documents detail their policies, values and stances on the important topics that affect and will affect Britain as a governing power and democracy.

You can access each of the running parties manifestos below, they are well worth a read so that you are able to make an informed decision when it comes to heading to the polling station.

IF YOU CAN VOTE, VOTE.

If you’re able to vote, you need to. Voting allows you to cast your opinion and voice about how your country is governed and run. Young voters account for half of the voting population, making you a powerful political force. Your vote has the potential to be extremely influential in this country, particularly with this 2019 general election.

Vote on 12th December because it means you:-

  • Decide who makes the decisions on the issues you care about.
  • Get politicians working for young adults.
  • Voting is important even if you don’t think your candidate will win.
  • Many movements have campaigned to give you the right to vote
  • MPs represent your local area in parliament and solve issues for local people.
  • You can leave your ballot blank, or spoil it, if you do not agree with any of the political parties.

For more information about why, if you can vote, you should, check out this WEBSITE