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David is back and ready for the fight

IT almost sounds like a Hollywood film plot.

IT almost sounds like a Hollywood film plot.

An experienced campaigner brought out of retirement to fight one last battle.

He is the last hope of a desperate people who are fighting and losing against an ever-growing menace.

In reality the man of experience is ex-government minister David Jamieson, the desperate people are the Labour party and the ever-growing menace is either apathy, their unpopularity or the Tories depending on who you speak to and how honest they are.

David is a Solihull man, born in the Hobs Moat area, attending Tudor Grange School and elected onto Solihull Council as Britain’s youngest councillor.

A maths teacher for 22 years, he then went on to become MP for Plymouth Devonport and became a government minister for eight years, four of those being a transport minister.

He stood down as an MP in 2005 and retired from politics to Solihull.

However, he announced this week he was making a shock return to local politics and was standing for election in May next year for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward.

“Having retired I didn’t intend to go straight back into politics, but I saw this opportunity so I suddenly decided to throw my hat into the ring,” he said.

Mr Jamieson will be hoping to represent the north, where at the last elections Labour group leader Hugh Hendry lost his seat to the Green’s Mike Sheridan.

“I think that people in north Solihull feel quite long way away from Solihull, and we need to do something about that.”

“We need to ask them what they want and not tell them what they want.”

An increasingly contentious issue for many residents is the regeneration, but David is wholeheartedly behind the work.

“I’m highly excited about the regen, it’s time for a change.”



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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