Candidate for Birmingham, Yardley
I am standing in this election to give the people of Yardley the opportunity to vote for a party which believes in opposing austerity, protecting the environment, and defending the rights and protections guaranteed by our membership of the European Union.
I grew up in the heart of Yardley and have seen the way the constituency has changed and grown over the years. People come and go, but Yardley remains a stubbornly proud part of the city. I have also seen some of the problems that still need to be tackled, issues like the 35% of children living in poverty, well above the UK average, the poor air quality linked to more than 500 early deaths every year in Birmingham, and the growing problem of homelessness, with more than ten times the number of rough sleepers compared to the start of the coalition government.
If elected, I would:
Set clear targets for ending child poverty, call for government funding to improve early years support for young people and their families.
Push for the Green New Deal bill introduced by Caroline Lucas and Clive Lewis, which aims to make the UK carbon-neutral by 2030, create a National Investment Bank, and introduce a living wage across the country.
Pursue a ‘housing first’ policy to get rough sleepers into accommodation before any other needs and challenges are addressed.
The Green Party is committed to a fairer, more sustainable society. This election vote to help make that vision a reality.