As Lichfield and Burntwood voters prepare to go to the ballot box for the local elections on May 5, The Lichfield Blog has offered each of the candidates the chance to have their say.

We’ve sent out questionnaires to all District Council candidates and will publish their responses on the site to help you decide where to put your cross on election day. If your local candidates haven’t responded yet, why not chase them?

Name: Jeffrey Sheriff
Party: UKIP
Occupation: Retired teacher
Ward: Hammerwich

What has made you decide to stand for election?
More people are joining or are interested in UKIP and it allows the party at the national level to assess support.

It also means the word can be spread about the negative effect of the EU.

What are the key local issues for you in your ward?
Possible new housing on Green Belt land and the proposed high speed rail link

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
With help from the local UKIP branch, and probably via local meetings, leaflets etc.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
Information and support.

Anything else you would like to add?
I have lived in the ward for 38 years and have been an active member of UKIP for about three years, having joined because I believe very strongly that our country should be totally independent of the EU.

I do NOT want my four lovely grandchildren to grow up in a UK run by faceless, unelected beaurocrats 1,000 miles away.

I have also been supporting the protest against the Hammerwich turbine and the BHLOTT group campaigning against Green Belt development.

Also standing in the Hammerwich ward (once they have responded, these will link to the response):

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.