Dr Julia Buckley, Labour’s candidate for Ludlow constituency in the forthcoming general election on 8th June, is passionate about her party’s commitment to equality and services.
“Like lots of us I just used to hope that things would get better, that somebody else would fix all the problems. But now the cuts are so severe, their impacts on a wide range of people so damaging, that I decided I had to get involved to make a difference. I want to help Labour to bring about a fairer society, with compassionate politicians to represent ordinary people.”
Julia is deeply committed to her community in Shropshire, where she lives with her husband and two young children. She feels very strongly about protecting services here for the young, old and vulnerable. She wants to use her experience and skills to bring funding into Shropshire to keep important services open, and where appropriate, to modernise delivery.
“The Conservatives have focused cuts according to population density, so rural counties like Shropshire are particularly badly hit. We have lost 300 police officers, local bus services have been decimated, our schools are trying to cope with cuts of up to 11%. The A&E at Princess Royal in Telford is scheduled to close and there are threats to our rural Maternity Units and Cottage Hospitals.”
Julia has over twenty years’ policy development experience, and currently works at Wolverhampton City Council as a Funding Officer, writing applications that have secured vital and substantial support for community groups, businesses and public services. She has delivered capacity building for 1000 organisations across the West Midlands to help community organisations and businesses access over £60M funding to develop their work.
On her candidacy Julia said: “I decided to stand for election because of my deep concern about the impact of Tory cuts and mismanagement on local communities. I am focused and energetic and my experience shows me that fresh thinking combined with hard-working competence can secure our services for the future – so please vote for change in Shropshire, vote Labour on 8th June”.