Theresa Summerfield, Chair of Friends of Stirchley Library, told us: “Early in 2017, Friends of Stirchley Library, supported by the local community, successfully campaigned to keep the library service in the existing building. Friends of Stirchley Library has no political affiliation, but we want to thank Councillor Mary Locke for her support; she has gone over and above with arranging meetings, telephone calls, and a huge donation of books.

As well as securing funding for Stirchley Library, Mary has worked with local police and Birmingham council to stop travellers in Hazelwell Park, and raised over £1600 for B30’s Foodbank.

If elected, Mary has five campaign pledges:

  1.  Protect our weekly bin collections from Tory cuts
  2. Make sure Stirchley has a first class library
  3. Give local people a say in Stirchley’s regeneration
  4. Work with the police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour
    5. Fight for properly funded social care

We cannot put Stirchley at risk by electing a Tory councillor who could not name a single concrete achievement of his own, when asked by Andy Street in his own campaign literature. Especially given the damage the Tories have inflicted on our city:

  • £650 million of cuts to Birmingham Council’s budget.
  • Stirchley Primary School will lose £92,018 by 2020, which is a cut of £451 per pupil.
  • Cotteridge Primary School will have lost £80,984 by 2020, or £195 per-pupil.
  • Fewer police officers.
  • More rough sleepers.

Please lend Mary your vote on May 3rd.