We have a problem in the West Midlands. Crime is falling, but people feel less safe than ever. We need faster police response times. We need better crime prevention, and we need reassurance.
It was in 2003 that I came face to face with the true impact of crime.
I heard a loud bang and rushed out of my house. Not fifty yards away, a man had collapsed, bleeding from gunshot wounds. The gunmen were still around, but, as I had some first aid training, I knew what I had to do.
I have nothing but praise for the emergency services that day — ambulance, police, and the NHS. I just kept him alive — it was they who saved his life.
Some people call me a hero, but I just did what anyone would do: responded to the need.
I grew up in Birmingham, and I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve dedicated myself to serving West Midlands people. My kids go to local schools. I know this place and I am proud of it. I’m not a career politician, though I have been an elected councillor and I’ve served on the Police Authority. I’m also a practising Barrister.
The police are there every day serving and protecting us. They respond to every need, in good weather or bad, when it’s dangerous, when people don’t want to help.
Elect me, and I will work tirelessly with them, for you. I’ll be there to tell the police when I think they’re wrong, and I’ll be listening when they tell me otherwise.
Together, we can make policing in the West Midlands better for you, your family, your friends and your community.
Prepared by M. Yaseen, election agent, Liberal Democrats, 23 Willes Road, Birmingham, B18 4PZ.