BROMSGROVE Labour Party has revealed four of its candidates for the forthcoming Worcestershire County Council elections on May 6.
Abdul Jilani will stand in Bromsgrove South, Phil Baker in Wythall, Alan Cooper in Clent Hills and Brenda Henderson in Woodvale.
All four seats are currently held by Conservatives.
Mr Jilani, a successful businessman and entrepreneur in the hospitality sector, previously served for years as a councillor in Cheshire.
He said: “South Bromsgrove hasn’t received the investment it deserves in order to improve the area.
“There are many roads and footpaths that need improvement.”
He added he would also be joining his Labour colleagues in their quest for a Western Relief Road to take traffic away from the town centre.
Other issues he plans to tackle include a lack of investment in public transport and anti-social behaviour.
Mr Baker has lived in Bromsgrove district for 41 years, is director of Bromsgrove Sporting and has previously been a district councillor for 12 years.
He is a parish councillor, having held the role for 25 years.
“The Conservative-controlled council wastes vast amounts of money on poorly thought-out projects, outsourcing to private companies and unnecessary bureaucracy.
“I would like our residents to get better value for money from their council tax.”
Mr Cooper, a qualified engineer with backgrounds in industry, higher and further education, said: “I strongly believe in local democracy, in enabling people of all backgrounds and social standing to be able to have their say in improving their area.
“I would not be a member of the Labour party if I didn’t believe in fairness, equality and social democracy.”
He added education and providing people with factual unbiased information was the key to improving lives.
Mrs Henderson has lived in Bromsgrove for 25 years after moving to the town from London.
She said: “Representing this community at County Hall would be an honour and I would look forward to fighting for the interests of all residents.
“I raised my three children in the town and have wide experience of the locality and the many facilities and services provided – it is this familiarity that will give me a solid foundation in serving you as your representative.”
Chair of Bromsgrove Labour Party Harrison Rone-Clarke said: “I am immensely proud of the high calibre of the candidates we have selected and have every faith they will make wonderful representatives for the people of Bromsgrove at County Hall.’