General Election 2024 - meet the Meriden and Solihull East candidates: Sunny Virk - The Solihull Observer

General Election 2024 - meet the Meriden and Solihull East candidates: Sunny Virk

Solihull Editorial 24th Jun, 2024   0

Sunny is a practising Barrister and lives locally on the border of Meriden with his wife, son and golden retriever.

I have built my business and life based on honesty and integrity and will bring the same in my service to the people to Meriden and Solihull East as their voice in Parliament. I believe in strong and pragmatic leadership. I am strong on crime and anti-social behaviour and deeply support the NHS and Farmers.

On Crime

I will ensure that a police station in Solihull remains open and is upgraded to a state-of-the-art public-facing facility for our public services. I have announced plans for a Burglary Response Guarantee to deal with shocking scale of unsolved burglaries to ensure all home burglaries are attended by the police and properly investigated.

On Health

The Lib Dems have said that the Conservatives closed Solihull A&E in agreement with other local stakeholders while in national and local government. The brutal cuts to our NHS over the last decade have left services in tatters and with an even harder cliff to climb in recovering from the horrendous toll caused by the Covid pandemic on our NHS staff and services. The Lib Dems will be hiring 8,000 more GPs over five years and give residents a legal right to see a GP within a week or 24-hours if in urgent need.




Our mental health MOT’s will help and allow the workforce, young people and people from all walks of life. This will in turn boost our economy.

The Lib Dems will be releasing money to help discharge patients from hospitals, launching a campaign to recruit the extra paramedics and ambulance staff we need to reduce ambulance waiting times.


Cost of Living

I will be asking for a public enquiry into banks and energy companies which have profiteered from their mortgage products and utility bills during the cost-of-living crisis. I intend to tackle the cost of living crisis head on by forcing banks and energy companies to repay homeowners and bill payers those profits (via bills and direct debits), putting money back in the pockets of residents to aid directly with the cost of living.

Skills Wallet and Apprenticeship

The Liberal Democrats will create a Skills Wallet for every adult worth £10,000. This will put £4,000 into people’s Skills Wallet at 25, £3,000 at 40 and another £3,000 at 55. The grants are designed to encourage saving towards the costs of education and training throughout adult life. We are also committed to increased pay for apprenticeships to at least the minimum wage and for the apprenticeship levy to be scrapped.

This was introduced by the Conservative government in April 2017.

Farming

The Lib Dems have announced they will give a £1billion per year boost UK Farmers who are coping with expensive energy and production costs after Conversative neglect which will tackle the rising cost of food, renegotiate the Australia and New Zealand trade agreements in line with our objectives of health, environmental and animal welfare standards. We will also cut red tape which is damaging British farmers.

Green Deal and Sewage

Our children should inherit the future they deserve. The climate and nature emergencies are the most pressing threats to prosperity facing the UK and the world.

Water companies have been allowed to pump their filthy sewage into our rivers. All this by a Conservative government more interested in fighting between themselves than standing up for the country.

I am a strong advocate of fines against water companies that pollute of rivers and lakes; and more strongly prosecution proceedings of senior officials that allow such things to happen. Water companies have added amount to bills for either wastewater disposal or treatment. I want to see that proportion of the bill refunded to customers in my constituency.

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