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Birmingham, Yardley

Birmingham Yardley is located in the West Midlands. It was created in 1918 and was primarily a bellwether seat until 2005.

The current member of parliament is the Liberal Democrat John Hemming who has served since 2005.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Birmingham Yardley

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Candidates

John Hemming

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I will continue issuing leaflets to constituents about once a month, holding a weekly advice bureau without requiring appointments, being contactable via email, facebook and twitter and visiting schools.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I have a track record of delivering for my constituents on issues such as Stechford Railway Station, resolving the problems at Yardleys School and ensuring that the development of KESH went ahead. I have already handled over 30,000 issues for constituents and will continue doing this. I will also continue campaigning on national and international issues.
3. What would you have liked to have done differently during your time in Parliament?
I would like to have made earlier progress on issues like secret imprisonment and highlighted the errors in family law at an earlier stage.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Government finances can only change over a large number of years. We are coping with the errors of the years 2003-2008 where spending was increased at a faster rate than the economy was growing. Austerity (in the sense of bringing the deficit under control in part by cutting spending) is inevitable as the idea of spending our way out of bankrupty is not a workable proposal. We can leave that sort of approach to the Greeks.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
The issue of immigration has been over simplified. Tourists and students wishing to pay for a UK education should always be welcomed. Family visits should be allowed on the basis that visitors leave at the end of their visa. However, EU freedom of movement has exceeded expectations and is putting pressures on the economy as a result. Commonwealth links have been undermined by this.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
The difficulty in part arises from technological change and in part from EU Migration putting downwards pressure on wages in lower skilled jobs. There is no simple solution, but we should expect to see the minimum wage go up beyond £8 in the next parliament and universal credit should put upward pressure on wages. We do need higher wages and a greater sharing of economic success.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS needs to be more open and there should be fewer coverups and persecution of whistleblowers. The NHS also needs additional funding. However, I would not stop the NHS from buying in services as is proposed by some.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
We need to continue with economic stability. Universal credit should also assist in reducing unemployment by making it worthwhile working in more circumstances than is currently the case.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
An MP has to represent everyone in their constituency and hence no it does not.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I do think a referendum is needed. The question is always, however, what is best for the UK. It is most likely the case that being a member of the EU is better than being a member of the EEA, but that will depend upon the timing of the referendum. EEA members have to pay for access to the markets and follow most of the EU rules. Those, however, are set by the EU. Hence the best option for the UK is likely to be being a member of the EU rather than just the EEA.

Teval Stephens

Background
I have lived and worked within the Yardley constituency all my life and went to Sheldon Heath Secondary School (KESH). From my first full time job in a factory in Stechford to running my own small business at the Swann Yardley, I have worked in many of the same jobs the constituents I will be representing, ranging from a Sales Assistant in retail, an Operative in warehousing, a Guard in Security, Labouring in construction, Call centre Agent prior to becoming a Recruitment Consultant, which gives me a range of experience and understanding that my opponents; as career politicians just do not have.

I am proud of the area that I grew up in, my children were born and still school in, and as a mixed race person of both English and Caribbean decent with a Christian background, married to a Sikh wife, and muslin best friends really represents the community.

The reason I am running is because I started voting Labour at 18 until the Iraq war and the betrayal of working class people, then supporting John Hemming and LibDems before they propped up the Conservatives in penalising the most vulnerable people on society and also turning their back on working class people motivated me to put myself forward to fight for the needs of real people, such as anti-austerity, reinstating and implementing youth services, fairly reforming immigration and challenging racism and Islamaphobia that is currently sweeping the country.
I stand for equality, protecting the NHS, closing the tax loopholes the super-rich enjoy, bring justice to CSA survivors, and uniting the community and keep harmonious relations.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
In the last election I was part of the electorate and voted for the incumbent MP. I will remain in touch by constant interactions with the people in the Yardley area, listening to their needs and views and fighting for them; irrelevant of the party whip. I have all of the experiences of the constituents, including; needing benefits, living in social housing, job seeking, state schooling, needing adequate childcare, taxation, and of running a small business.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I am from the constituency, I have never been away from the constituency for more than two weeks, I will vote in parliament based on conscience of what is right and not party whip. Most of my friends and family live in the area. I know what it needs and have been a proud resident for over 35 years.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
They have done many of the tasks and duties of a local councillor, but unfortunately did not do their paid job of representing the needs of the constituency in parliament.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
No, austerity is not working, the wrong people are being penalised. Public sector workers and those on benefits did not make the mess, but the bankers that did have had their bonus protected by the incumbent MP.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration needs the right infrastructure to support the numbers coming in, and jobs need to be here for people coming in. The immigration system needs a complete overhaul to make it fair, and so that it supports the needs of the country without the negative side effects that the 3 main parties have created, which includes mass hysteria leading to racism, driving down wages, unsustainable rising house prices, a lack of social housing, an underfunded NHS, a shortage of school places, and ghettoization of our cities.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
Firstly, ensuring corporations pay a living wage, instead of the maximum minimum wage that we currently have. CEOs and works of PLC need to have wages linked in some way. I think retailing energy companies should have their profit margins index linked to wholesale prices at around 20% so that they consumers get the benefits of prices going down alongside the increases of rising wholesale prices. This will mean that the companies that provide the best services and are best managed are the most profitable opposed to consumers being held to ransom by the current monopoly of the big 6 energy companies.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
I would like to see more money put into the NHS, matrons taking charge of wards again, nurses paid more; with their training focused on actual care as opposed to certification.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
To decrease unemployment firstly needs jobs available, which they are not for the unskilled, the youth needs the right skills and education to make themselves marketable to the best employers that starts in schools, and the never been employed are in a situation which means that even if they do want to work, no employer with a decent job would employ them as they have been out of the game for so long, which means they need training and mentoring to identify their natural skills and interests so that they can either train in the job that would suit them or go self-employed.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes, that is why I am standing, I am of mixed race of both English and Jamaican origin, from a single parent council house, educated in state school, married to an Indian Sikh. A proud Christian with many Muslim friends
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I believe that the British people should get a referendum on EU membership as the British people did not vote for the current set up of the EU, only to be members of the EEC that did not include the free movement of people. Until the UK infrastructure is strong enough in terms of schools, NHS, Housing and jobs then the free movement should be restricted to EEC levels.

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