A SHIRLEY resident has slammed both Boris Johnson and Solihull Borough Council as she puts her name forward as an independent candidate for the forthcoming local elections on May 6.
Former Conservative councillor Rosemary Worsley branded the Prime Minister a ‘busted flush’ who’s out of his depth and condemned the local authority for failing to stand up for local businesses and residents in the pandemic.
“The economy has been collapsed and the country is now in so much debt it will take 100 years to pay it back,” said Ms Worsley, a musician and music teacher, who is standing in the Shirley South ward.
“Boris Johnson is a busted flush and has proved to be weak and out of his depth when faced with a real crisis.
“I was shocked to see the Council bought into the Government narrative when it closed roads in the town centre and in Shirley, for no good reason, just ‘Covid’.
“Businesses were already suffering, and shutting roads and access to them just exacerbated the problem.
“I don’t feel the Council listened to residents or businesses, and I find it astonishing that a Conservative Council, always the party of small business and freedom of the individual, was ready and eager to throw the local businesses and economy to the wolves, and to insist on locking up healthy people and squashing their freedoms.”
She highlights that she alone spoke out at the local authority’s cabinet meeting last September and stood up for residents in Shirley when the council closed not only the service roads but also the disabled parking bays along Stratford Road.
“I have experience of being a councillor, as I was a Shirley South ward councillor from 2000-2004 and during that time was chairman of the health scrutiny panel and vice chairman of housing, I was also the Conservative Party chief whip,” she said.
“I am standing as an Independent candidate for the ward I live in because I want to vote for someone I believe in and for someone who is willing to stand up for the residents.”
The local elections are on May 6. A full list of all of the candidates standing for election will be available by no later than 4pm today, Friday, April 9, 2021 on the council website.