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Name: Harriett Baldwin
Candidate for: Worcestershire West
Four years ago, I set up home in the beautiful Teme Valley having been chosen by over 200 members of the local Conservative party to stand as the candidate for West Worcestershire. I could see the terrible damage the Labour government was doing to the country’s finances and I decided to leave my job as a pension fund manager and take up the challenge of fighting for the best interests of local people.
I have been very active locally – championing the new Malvern Hospital and ensuring the area has proper flood defences, especially those beleaguered businesses in Upton-upon-Severn and Tenbury.
I have also been busy fighting the cause of home-owners sick with worry over the threat of Labour’s imposition of 25,500 new homes across south Worcestershire. I have brought several senior Conservative politicians to public meetings to hear local concerns and see the threatened land for themselves.
If elected, the Conservatives will bring an end to top-down planning and allow local towns and parishes to decide their housing requirements. People on the doorsteps keep telling me that they want the Conservatives to bring about the change that our country needs.
I plan to work hard to ensure a better deal for all members of this precious rural community, free from central Government meddling and bureaucracy. High on my priority list is to help bring back the prosperity and financial security that comes from a strong economy. Every business owner I speak to bemoans the national insurance hike which will be a jobs tax stifling any future growth.
We must all work together to bring change and pragmatic policies to fix a country bankrupted by Labour. But only a Conservative vote can ensure that we can end Gordon Brown’s disastrous regime of waste and ineptitude. My husband Jim and I love living and working here. I am an active school governor for a local primary school, a Friend of Community Action and a Home Start volunteer.
Throughout the election campaign I have campaigned positively on a four-year track record of local voluntary action and I pledge to work tirelessly for the residents of a county of which we are all rightly proud. I hope I can count on your vote to elect a Conservative government on May 6.
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