What I stand for
I’ve come into politics to make our town and our country a better place. Here’s what I stand for:
- Working together to get things done: Residents get in touch with me about all sorts of issues and I help everyone to take the steps they need to take to improve their situation. This can mean campaigning, signposting, making the calls, writing the letters and speaking up to change something that isn’t right. I’ll work with anyone in the community to make sure that Liden, Eldene and Park South have a voice at the Borough Council.
- Getting the most from your council tax: We all need to pay our tax to make sure our services function, and they do get more expensive year on year. However, as your councillor, I want to make sure that you get value for money and your services are the best they can be.
- The power of the collective to improve life for all individuals: my formative professional experience was as a soldier and anyone who has worked with me knows that the team and the task always come first. We all benefit when we all do well. Inequality is detrimental to even the richest among us.
- Fundamental change to our economy to tackle the climate crisis: there can be no more ‘tinkering around the edges’ on climate change. At our current rate we’ll not hit net zero carbon before 2099, by which time it will be way too late. We need to quickly and drastically re-imagine and re-work the economy and industry to divert away from fossil fuels and move to a more co-operative and locally financed economic model. This will require a strong public-private partnership to drive change. At the local level this will mean being far more ambitious and really driving change from the Council chamber.
- Equality of value for all people: in spite of this being the year 2019, it is clear that some people seem to be ‘worth’ more than others in the eyes of society, and of the government. I believe that every person in our society has equal value, whatever they do for a living. All people should be treated with respect and humanity regardless of their background or income. This means taking the stigma out of social security, ensuring lifelong access to education, making housing a right for all, and celebrating everyone’s contribution.