MORE readers’ constituency reports as the election campaign goes on. See below for how to submit your own report on the choice of candidates you have in your neck of the woods, which of them you plan to vote for and why, what you think of their chances and your stance on Brexit.
BIRMINGHAM (EDGBASTON) – Update
Current MP: Preet Kaur Gill (Labour)
Confused of Birmingham writes: The seat has been held since 2017 by Preet Gill (Labour) who won it with a comfortable majority.
Second in 2017, and the only other candidate to stand again, is Colin Green of what are known as the Liberal Democrats – so apparently there are men in the party if you know where to look. Mr Green wants to ‘concentrate on tackling the Climate Emergency’ as well as dealing with the NHS, housing . . . fill in the rest yourself.
The Conservative candidate is Alex Yip, currently a Birmingham councillor. His six-page (hand-delivered) leaflet mentions Brexit exactly twice. Regaining control of our own country is regarded as a bit of a distraction from what really matters, namely NHS, crime . . . fill in the rest yourself.
The Brexit Party is putting up David Wilks who has got as far as setting up a social media platform, whatever that is. It pinged into my computer twice and offered me things which I could ‘like’ if I wanted to, but I couldn’t find out what they were without signing up.
And finally to the Green Party’s Phil Simpson. A Birmingham man, he has volunteered in various community roles since long before eco brownie points were invented, so perhaps he is more believable than those from other parties suddenly vying with each other to plant so many trees that CO2 will become the stuff of museums.
Where does this leave me? If I were not concerned about democracy, accountability, the people of Northern Ireland and Gibraltar (who actually like us), immigration, security, data protection, the use of my taxes, supporting the euro [sic], the theft of my fish, the defence of the realm and a foreign court able to over-rule our government, I might be in a quandary. I’ll go for Mr Wilks.
Current MP: Gillian Keegan (Conservative)
Pamela Hayton writes: As there is not a Brexit Party candidate standing in Chichester, I will not be voting for anyone, but I will go to the Polls and put NONE OF THE ABOVE as I believe this will be counted.
Boris has not managed, or tried really, to get a no-deal Brexit, the one Leavers voted for (we did not vote for a deal!) and his deal is not acceptable to me and many Leavers, so Conservatives are out as far as I am concerned for the foreseeable future.
Lib Dems: what a misnomer, they are not for Leaving so they do not believe in democracy. Labour will bankrupt the country, as they usually do anyway.
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