FAO Colin Tosh at email@example.com
Candidate's supporting statement
I am delighted to have been asked to stand in Boldon Colliery. I live in Boldon with my wife and two young kids, the oldest of which attends East Boldon Infant School. I work as a Researcher in Environmental Science at the University of Newcastle. I come from a working class background and have depended on numerous state grants to develop my career. I have taken a lot from the state and I now give a lot back to it and I have no sympathy for the present stigmatisation of people receiving state assistance that is being encouraged by the other main political parties and the media at the moment. I believe in public service and strong public services and if elected I will work to maintain strong public health services and transport.
I believe in supporting small business because small business serves the local community and profits from small business stay within the local community. While large, corporate businesses may be appropriate under some circumstances, my feeling is that the present South Tyneside council ‘bites the arm off’ any national or international business that wants to develop interests round here. This is often to the detriment of the local environment and small local business.
I will also prioritise the safeguarding and development of green and leisure spaces within Boldon Colliery to improve the quality of life of residents. These are my priorities for Boldon Colliery but I will also work to implement the numerous other progressive policies of the Green Party, including: a higher ‘living wage’ for all, home insulation, home renovation and building of social housing, attracting green and renewable energy business to the area, and investment in public transport.