SOLIHULL Labour Party has announced its candidate standing in the constituency at the general election.
Nick Stephens, a former councillor on Solihull council and a retired bank officer, will contest Solihull on a Labour/Co-operative Party ticket.
Mr Stephens said: “It’s time to end the chaos the Tories have caused over Brexit, going back to their unnecessary referendum over three years ago, and the people should be given their final say on any deal agreed by the British and European parliaments.
“But this election is about much more than Brexit and we need to end the years of Tory austerity that have brought so much damage to our public services such as schools, police and hospitals.
“Homelessness and poverty have gone up in recent years and we need to bring our country back together and close the inequality gap.
“We have some bold and exciting policies to deal with the climate emergency and I will campaign for more affordable homes to rent and buy in Solihull to stop our young people having to leave the community where they grew up in when they set up their first home.”
Mr Stephens served as a councillor on Solihull Council for 27 years. He is currently chair of Solihull and Meriden Labour Party and a governor at a Solihull primary school.
He ran in the 1992 general election in Meriden against conservative MP Iain Mills, which he lost by 14,699 votes despite an increase in the Labour vote share by five per cent.
He added: “At the last election, Labour were in second place here in Solihull, so as with the national picture if people want change, they should vote Labour on December 12 and not waste their vote on other parties.”