It has been suggested that my pledges reflect an interest only in Beeston North. This is simply not true. My proposal to start a school holiday lunch club at a venue in Beeston is reflective of the fact that child poverty in Beeston North stands at 26% compared to 7% in Bramcote. It is my intention to roll out this initiative to Bramcote, but one has start somewhere and it makes sense to start where the need is greatest.
Do I care about Bramcote? This is my home! Of course I care. Here is an example of what I am already doing to stand up for residents in Bramcote.
My landlord is currently seeking to demolish my home and the homes of 19 other families and residents who live in the grounds of St John’s School of Mission.
We rent our homes because we cannot afford the luxury of owning a home. When I exercised my right to object to a planning application for 40 luxury dwellings I was threatened with eviction. But I am fearless and will call out injustice and will not be cowed by bullies. These are qualities that will help me fight for the people of Bramcote and Beeston North. Even as I write these words I know they could speed up my eviction, but 20 families face displacement with no offer of support or help in seeking alternative, affordable accommodation locally.
No one else seems to care. Not Conservative councillor Doddy, whose opening gambit at the planning meeting where the fate of our homes was sealed was to express his delight to hear nothing of frogs, toads and newts disrupting development. This not only shows a shocking disrespect for the residents whose homes are being demolished, but also total disregard for the environment.
Not Conservative councillor Philip Owen, who had the audacity to claim that the tenants whose affordable homes are being knocked down to make way for exclusive homes would benefit from the demolition. A shockingly insensitive statement when you consider we will likely all have to move out of the area into smaller, more expensive, lower quality homes and our children facing a disrupted education and broken friendships as a result of potential school moves.
The Tories cannot be trusted to provide a voice for local residents facing such injustice. I, on the other hand, am fearless and principled and will stand up for the people in this community.
Vote for me and I will not let you down.