Mary Locke is Labour’s Candidate for Stirchley in next Thursday’s Birmingham City Council Elections. Mary has been a councillor since 2016 and has lived in Stirchley for 44 years. Read about Mary’s pledges five pledges to our community.

I will protect our weekly bin collections from Tory cuts

Mary said, “As Ian Ward told the Birmingham Mail on January 26th, a Labour council would guarantee weekly bin collections. That’s despite our city losing £650million since 2010 because of unfair Tory cuts. Mary said, “Labour will keep weekly bin collections so ignore anyone who dares to suggest otherwise. No ifs, no buts”.

I will make sure Stirchley has a first class local library

Stirchley Library is not just a place where we can develop a love of reading and children can get help with their schoolwork. It also hosts craft events, readings for toddlers, and a coffee morning for those who want to socialise. Keeping Stirchley Library open has been one of Mary Locke’s priorities since she was elected nearly two years ago. Last month she managed to persuade all three Bournville Councillors to lobby for money Tesco owed for the vacant site on Pershore Road. Mary got £50,000 towards much-needed repairs and the council gave another £45,000 for boiler repairs. If re-elected, Mary would ensure that Stirchley Library continued to receive the support it needs to remain a community hub.

Give Stirchley people a say in Stirchley’s regeneration

Mary says, “I will continue to work with businesses to regenerate Stirchley High Street in a sustainable way. I want Stirchley’s High Street to be the first plastic free High Street in Birmingham. Stirchley residents tell me that reducing traffic congestion is one of their top priorities. I will consult widely to ensure that the views of Stirchley residents are heard and I will continue to argue for better public transport including the reopening to passengers of the railway line from Kings Heath to Moor Street.

 

Work with local police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

In my two years as councillor, I have built up a strong relationship with the Bournville Neighbourhood Police Team and with David Jamieson, Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner. David has introduced a £2 million package of measures to tackle gangs and violent crime. David has promised to double police numbers in the West Midlands and recruit another 800 police officers. As your councillor I will hold him to his promise.

Continue to fight for properly funded social care

Mary’s first speech as a councillor highlighted the crisis in social care and demanded fair funding for Birmingham. “It is simply not fair,” Mary argued, “that the Tories have forced our council to make cuts of £650 million, whilst big corporations and wealthy individuals avoid paying their fair share of taxes. The Tory government are still refusing to provide extra money for social care and instead are encouraging councils to raise council tax, which will hit ordinary working people harder than the well-off.”

May 3rd will be Birmingham’s last council election for four years, and your last chance to choose who stands up for you on local issues you care about.

Please vote for someone who understands the concerns of local residents and businesses, and will stand up for them in the council.

Please vote for Mary Locke on May 3rd.