Sutton Coldfield and Erdington Liberal Democrats have selected their candidates for the general election on 7 May. They are Ann Holtom who will stand in the Erdington seat and Richard Brighton-Knight for the constituency of Sutton Coldfield.
Ann Holtom was born and brought up in Erdington. She has campaigned and fought to improve the area all her political life and was a local councillor here for ten years. As well as being the Lib Dems parliamentary candidate in 2010. Ann believes that Labour Council and the local Labour MP have failed Birmingham. Under the Lib Dems, Birmingham was a well-run, three-star city. Now the independent Kerslake report has exposed how far Labour has brought the city down. As she takes on sitting MP Jack Dromey Ann says: "This time Birmingham deserves better."
Ann is standing on her record of community action. Ann has fought to save local swimming pools from closure, campaigned to bring a much needed railway link between Castle Vale, the Fort and the city centre and petitioned for the return of the lollipop school crossing patrols for increased safety for our children. Ann Holtom is a strong local champion who will make Erdington's voice heard at Westminster.
In Sutton Coldfield, the Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Richard Brighton-Knight to oppose Andrew Mitchell. Richard also fought the seat at the 2010 general election. Richard is a medical doctor, a graduate of Birmingham University, a former member of the North Birmingham Primary Care Trust and a respected expert on public health. Over the years he has gained experience in both the public and private sectors. Richard is a candidate who is very familiar with the Royal Town and the issues most affecting local people. He supports the campaign for a Town Council for Sutton Coldfield and strongly believes that Good Hope Hospital is a vital local facility, which must be protected. Richard will work for a fair society, where people are encouraged and enabled to improve themselves and the community around them. He is committed to the provision of high quality public services through the public sector that are effective and easily available locally.