Izzy & David: ‘Getting things done in Moseley’
I’m Izzy Knowles. I’m passionate about Moseley in Birmingham, United Kingdom
In January 2016 whilst chair of Moseley Forum I led the cross community group panel that successfully fought the Local Boundary Commission when they made a ludicrous proposal to split Moseley between 5 separate wards. The new Moseley Ward came about because of the strength of community and sense of belonging – local residents provided the evidence, we just had to put it together.
I joined the Liberal Democrats after the EU referendum. I have not been a member of a political party before. It is certainly an experience. When I heard they were looking for someone new to be a council candidate for Moseley in the local elections, to be held in May 2018, I jumped at the chance.
I already spend a lot of my time volunteering in and championing Moseley. I am a director and organiser of Moseley Farmers Market, I set up and still volunteer with the Moseley Alternative Giving Campaign. I am a former chair of Moseley Forum. I run a litter picking group #MoseleyLitterBusters aimed at keeping Moseley clean and promoting community pride and I help ensure that every year the village has Christmas lights.
I moved to Birmingham in 1974 to work in a children’s home in Acocks Green. In 1979 I joined West Midlands Police working on response, criminal justice, custody and six years as a Neighbourhood Sergeant. Since 2013 I have worked at SIFA Fireside, a homeless charity in Digbeth.
I have lived in Moseley or nearby since 1979 including in the early 80’s at Edward Road Police Station in Balsall Heath. I am married with two grown up children.
I’d love to represent the area I care so much for. I think I’ll do a good job. The community in Moseley deserve to be listened to and I will ensure that happens. I see the relationship between community and authorities as a partnership. We all want the same thing, so we should support each other.
The new Moseley ward will be represented by two Councillors rather than the current three. In May 2018 there will be a whole council election. That means all the current councillors will stand down and in Moseley we get to vote for two new councillors. I hope people will vote for the two candidates they feel will do the best job at representing them and be the best champion for Moseley.
I’m David Farrow. I work at Aston University as head of recruitment. I’m married with two sons, one working in London the other studying at BMET.
I feel that local councillors are there to represent local people, not to indulge in mud -slinging or negative politics. I believe in equality of opportunity and that everyone deserves to be valued and respected and to get on in life.Training, skills and investment in young people are crucial to all of us.
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