#Toryporkies in Northfield 2016


#Toryporkies in Northfield 2016 – have a look at this scare story being peddled in Conservative leaflet going out in Northfield at the moment and then read on for the truth.

Anyone in the Northfield area remember Conservative campaign here during the General Election last year?

Remember the candidate who spent a fortune claiming to have made Kings Norton her home and how much she loved the area – but who was not seen for dust afterwards?

Remember the stories which the Conservatives put around trying to scare people into believing that Northfield was going to lose its swimming pool – when in reality Northfield was going to get a new pool built?
Remember the Tory scare stories telling you that the Council was going to switch off street lights in Longbridge when it was simply not true?

The Conservatives tried to take local people for fools in a cynical attempt to get votes last year. But people in Northfield constituency were not taken in by the #ToryPorkies and sent them packing on Election Day.

Tory Porkies

The Conservatives don’t seem to have learned much, though, because this year we are seeing a new set of #Toryporkies being peddled around here. This time they are trying to have you believe that Birmingham’s Labour Council is going to start bulldozing and building on local parks. In Northfield ward itself, a Tory election leaflet has even named local parks they claim are under threat.

The trouble is that it’s another fabricated story from the Tories. As Council Leader, John Clancy said at the weekend: “Any suggestion that we’re bulldozing our parks is absolute nonsense. Desperate stuff from the Tories who know the people of Birmingham have worked out they’re £100m worse off this year under a Tory government.

So those are the facts. Does it mean we will see an apology from the Conservatives? I’m not holding my breath. We are still waiting for one from last year’s #Toryporkies. But local people were not taken in last year and I reckon they won’t be taken in this year either.

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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