I recently retired from my role as a trade union official with USDAW and look forward to being able to devote more time to tackling the problems we face here in Gosport.
The continual attacks on police and education budgets by this government are both immoral and dangerous. It is no surprise that crime, especially so-called petty crime, is on the increase; no surprise, either, that learning support staff have been cut in schools, class sizes are larger and parents are asked to contribute in different ways.
If I were fortunate enough to be elected on to the council, I will be campaigning for more transparency on how our council tax is being spent. We all know that we are paying more for less, a 6% increase this year while adult social care, mental health services for young people, Sure Start centres and libraries are all cut back. I am also keen to look at better ways to encourage both business and visitors back into our wonderful town.