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Right to build

BY her fine local record, Lorely Burt deserves re-election, but on building final 117 houses to make total agreed 617 on Wharf Lane Development (which must be 40 per cent affordable or socially rented - easier payable) she and some Tories are wrong to oppose.

BY her fine local record, Lorely Burt deserves re-election, but on building final 117 houses to make total agreed 617 on Wharf Lane Development (which must be 40 per cent affordable or socially rented - easier payable) she and some Tories are wrong to oppose. So are some existing Nimby residents.

We in adjoining areas did not complain when their 500 were built, even though we suffered a lot of noise and disturbance.

Thus although it was a difficult decision the planning department and Council were right to approve. Even so I do agree that more open playing areas for youngsters and teenagers should have been provided when the estate was originally planned.

Don Bargery

Alston Road, Solihull

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Genuine

AS a resident of Hampden in Arden, I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki Sinclaire while she was out campaigning for the Solihull and Meriden Residents’ Association. I was still very pleasantly surprised by how genuine she was - she really did seem prepared to go the extra mile for this community, and after the way most other local politicians have behaved, can we really afford not to give her a go?

Sarah Church

Address supplied

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Election free

FOLLOWING the sham electioneering since the end of last year and the announcement of May 6, I must confess that I am suffering election fatigue.

Having listened to the clap trap and false promises spewed out by the three main parties, I have decided to vote for the best person rather than any party in my constituency.

We are fortunate to have two excellent sitting MPs in this area - Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman who have served the people well. In addition, there are several other candidates well worth consideration in both Solihull and Meriden.

Anyhow, I have made up my mind for whom to vote. Our house will now become a virtual election free zone. What a blessed relief.

David Parker

Culverley Crescent, Knowle

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Candidate first

I VOTED in every Parliamentary election since the Solihull Constituency was created after the war and have always voted for the Conservative Party until the 2005 election when I at last realised that in all those 60 years Solihull had never had an MP who put the constituency first.

I therefore decided to vote for the candidate rather than for the party and was delighted that we chose Lorely Burt. Mrs Burt has done far more for us than any of her three Conservative predecessors - we would be foolish to vote her out.

L Cartwright

Elms Close, Solihull

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Posters stolen

Meriden Conservatives erected several large posters, measuring 8ftx4ft on privately owned fields in the constiuency over the last couple of weeks.

These have all been stolen, which is a clear case of theft and trespass on private property.

It must be the work of someone, surely not a political party, who doesn’t believe in democracy.

Graham Juniper

Chairman, Meriden Conservative Association

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National view

The choice for Solihull voters is clear. Our votes in Solihull, will for once, have a national significance.

This is because Solihull is a marginal seat that if won by the Lib Dems would prop up a minority Brown Labour government.

So it’s important what Lib Dem policies Solihull residents will be supporting if they vote Lib Dem.

Their defence policy is dangerous and daft, according to Bob Ainsworth of the Labour Party.It is to give up our nuclear defence.

Will Iran North Korea and Pakistan do the same, as all are nuclear powers?

We know immigration is a problem

Lib Dem stance on immigration to the U.K. is unpopular. They want a regional based points system that would send thousands of immigrants to fill up our ‘unpopulated regions’. They quote Scotland as such a place.

Lib Dems are soft on crime they want do away with sentences of less than six months and use community work as an option.

So a vote for the Lib Dems in Solihull means supporting those policies and much worse.

CD Collier Solihull

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Go local

MPs who place their constituents above party ideology should get the support of pensioners but looking at the three main parties and their manifestos - Pensioners are in for a rough ride.

A local Party, SAMRA with Nikki Sinclaire MEP and Neill Watts will fight for the rights of pensioners in Solihull and Meriden .

Josie Herbert

Chair SAMRA

 

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