Published & promoted by Stuart Venison on behalf of Brian Kelly of Coombe Hill Cottage, Coombe, St. Austell. PL26 7LW
My name is Brian Kelly and I am standing for election as a Labour candidate for Gloweth, Malabar and Shortlanesend in the County Council election to be held on the 6th May 2021.
I previously worked for 26 years in County Council and Unitary Authority services. Working in Older peoples, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities care and support units. The last 15 years of which I was seconded as a NUPE/UNISON Trade Union organiser, representing and negotiation on behalf of 6 thousand Local Government staff.
For the last 6 years I worked in a community law centre, supporting and representing individuals who lacked the mental capacity to make key decisions in their lives but did not have the funds to pay for legal representation.
I currently work as a Trade Union representative for Unite, supporting and representing workers across Cornwall. I also provide free legal support, advice and representation to those most in need.
As a Trade Union activist, I am committed to providing representation which is based upon an understanding of the concerns and needs of the people I serve in my constituency. I believe that these skills would enable me to effectively represent the best interests of the people of Gloweth, Malabar, and Shortlanesend on Cornwall Council if elected.
Cornwall has had to pay a high price as a consequence of the Coronavirus and now has one of the highest rates of redundancies in the UK, and to rub salt into that wound, the jobs that are available are paying £3:00 an hour below the national average for primarily seasonal work. In addition, the broken promises over Brexit have left the Cornish fishing and farming industries in the dark over their future. No re-instatement of the 12 mile limit and what little benefit there is may well be sacrificed in the re-negotiation in 2026. No conformation over subsidy protection and the only guidance given is to abandon sheep farming (diversify into beef) to save your farming business.
I have no faith in a Conservative Government or a Cornwall Council that does not place the needs of the peoples of Cornwall and the heart of its ambition. Providing and creating a local economy that aspires to retain services provided by Cornish companies and the wealth they generate remaining in Cornwall for the benefit of Cornish peoples.
We all deserve better, and If you trust me with your vote on the 6th May 2021, I would be proud to be your Councillor and be part of the Labour Group, with a principal ambition of achieving the expectations of the people of Cornwall.