Labour’s candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood has urged voters to consider the future when they cast their votes in the General Election.
Voters will head to the polls tomorrow (12th December) with the current deadlock over Brexit expected to be high on the agenda.
But Dave Robertson, who will stand in the Lichfield constituency, said it was important that residents thought about what their vote might mean in the months and years to come.
“I want the generation who comes after me to have what I had and more. I want them to be in a position to live a better life than I have.
“Unfortunately we are now in a position where my generation is the first ever that can reasonably expect to be poorer than their parents.
“World wars didn’t manage that, Napoleon didn’t manage that, the Black Death didn’t manage that.
“What we have on Thursday is a chance to change that. We can change our government and make sure our communities have the services they need to continue to flourish.
“I am concerned about the future. I’m sick of having to fight to keep and maintain services.”Labour candidate Dave Robertson
The Labour hopeful is facing an uphill task if he hopes to unseat the Conservatives in the Lichfield constituency, after the Tories won with a majority of more than 18,000 last time around.
But he believes the community has shown it can enact real change across Lichfield and Burntwood.
“There is a huge national picture but there’s also a picture happening in our constituency that can sometimes get lost in all the noise from the national debates.
“This is a spectacularly brilliant place to live, learn and grow.
“When you look around there are so many examples of the people who make this area the fantastic place it is – the work done by Spark in Burntwood, Friends2Friends, the Lichfield Emergency Night Shelter, food banks for example. These are examples of our community standing together.
“But the best example of the community was this summer [when Friary Grange Leisure Centre was saved].
“I didn’t save that leisure centre and neither did any other individuals or councillors do it – it was the people in this area.
“Or a year ago when Staffordshire County Council reversed the idea of axing crossing guards. That wasn’t me either. I played my part, but it was the people of Lichfield and Burntwood who forced the council’s hand.
“That’s why I’m proud to be part of this community.”Labour candidate Dave Robertson
Candidates contesting the Lichfield seat at the 2019 General Election are:
- Michael Fabricant (Conservatives)
- John Madden (Independent)
- Andrea Muckley (Green Party)
- Paul Ray (Lib Dems)
- Dave Robertson (Labour)