Your candidates for the 2017 General Election

Ann and Jenny

The Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington for the upcoming General Election, due to take place on Thursday 8th June.

The confirmed selection sees Ann Holtom once again contesting the Erdington constituency, while Jenny Wilkinson will stand in Sutton Coldfield.

As Governors of local schools, both Jenny and Ann see education as major priorities, while the Liberal Democrat pledge to invest a further £108m for the NHS and £38.8m for social care in Birmingham is also a central part of each of their campaigns.

Born and brought up in Erdington and Pype Hayes, Ann is a well-known figure in Birmingham politics, having previously served as Councillor for Tyburn Ward for more than a decade. She has been an active campaigner on a range of local issues, including the proposed reopening of a local railway station to bring a much needed railway link between Castle Vale, The Fort and the City Centre.

She has also petitioned on road safety issues and has fought to save local swimming pools from closure.

Looking ahead at the upcoming election, Ann said: "Erdington deserves better and that is why I am pleased to have been selected again to stand as candidate in the General Election.

"I bring a proven track record of community action, and as well as being a fierce local campaigner and advocate of education, as the holder of a BA Hons Degree in Housing and Community Studies, I welcome the Liberal Democrat announcement that we are committed to ending the scandal of rough sleepers and vacant housing. These issues will form a central part of my campaign."

A Sutton Coldfield resident her entire life, Jenny is now raising her own three young boys in the town, and joined the Liberal Democrats in 2015, after the general election, in an effort to make a difference and fight against recent threats towards liberal values.

In recent months, Jenny has played a leading role in the campaign to save Sutton Coldfield town centre library in the face of Government and Council cuts, and actively campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU, now standing firmly against a hard Brexit.

Speaking after being confirmed as candidate for Sutton Coldfield, Jenny Wilkinson said: "For me, being involved in politics is all about helping people make the changes that are needed to improve their lives, both here in Sutton Coldfield and across the UK.

"I'm devastated by the damage being done to our country by the current government, so I'm fighting for the Liberal Democrat values of freedom, fairness and equality, working to support our community and to keep our country open, tolerant and united."