As someone who worked in small business for 20 years before politics I have taken a practical, hands on approach to getting things done locally as your Member of Parliament.

Whether that has been in holding annual jobs and skills fairs to help get local people back into work, campaigning to get wards re-opened at Rowley Regis Hospital or organising and joining litter picks to clean up our area I have been focussed on delivering for local people. My family roots in the Black Country - my grandfather was a steel worker in Halesowen - have made me determined to secure a better future for Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

If I am re-elected on May 7th I will continue with this approach. We have come a long way over the last five years. For example, unemployment in Halesowen and Rowley Regis has fallen by over 50% since 2010 and 4000 young people have started an apprenticeship. Britain is now on the verge of locking in recovery, growth, more jobs and better wages. But the job is not done. We have many challenges ahead and I will continue to use my experience to fight for the future."