Hall Green by-election: Introducing Alan Blumenthal — the UKIP candidate

Your UKIP Candidate for Hall Green

Following the resignation of a Labour councillor in Hall Green, UKIP is pleased to announce that Alan Blumenthal has been selected as the UKIP candidate for the by-election taking place on Thursday 4th May.

About Alan

Alan is a 58-year-old businessman who has lived locally for his whole life. He is a board member of a Birmingham community group and is married to Karen.

Alan is both a seasoned candidate for UKIP and an experienced Birmingham City Councillor, having served as a councillor for Bournville for 12 years from 1983. During his time as a councillor, Alan was the opposition spokesman for the following committees: Technical Services; Women’s Committee; Markets; and Personnel and Equal Opportunities. He was also a member of the following committees: Appeals; Housing; Planning; and Environmental Health. He also represented the City on the Repertory Theatre Board. He served for several years as a Governor of a Faith school.

How our City is run… Alan says:

Whichever party you may have supported in the past there is no denying that the way in which our City Council is run leaves a lot to be desired.

The details of this were made clear by the Kerslake report which analysed the problems. Since this was published very little has been achieved in terms of reform.

Our Council is heavily in debt and both putting up your Council tax bill and reducing services as a result. Our children’s services are unsafe, our schools are not properly run and yet the Council leaders are paid massive sums and no-one is held to account. Birmingham City Council is hugely wasteful and inefficient. This is where I will be your voice. I will ensure transparency of the issues and make sure that you know what is and is not being done to put matters right.

As your councillor I intend to scrutinise and ask the questions others dare not ask for fear of not getting promoted within their party. We need some tough questions to be asked on your behalf and I am the man capable of doing it.

(Motorists do not require signage to mark the boundary between Birmingham and Solihull —  it’s apparent from the unfortunate state of repair that can be observed in the roads on the Birmingham side!)

On the opposition…

Two people who have featured as candidates in this by-election have been making the headlines for the wrong reasons – both a Conservative and a Labour candidate have been deselected from their parties due to anti-semitic/racist views.

The Labour Party were able to select a replacement (so this candidate is not their first choice!), but in the case of the Conservative Party the candidate was deselected after the deadline for nominations, although he will still appear on the ballot paper as the Conservative Party candidate. There is no official Conservative Party candidate running in this election. Alan deplores all forms of anti-Semitism and racism and asks for your support in demonstrating to the Council that this is always unacceptable.

For further reading on the reporting of this matter in the media, please see the following links:

  1. Labour candidate deselected over Israel-ISIS posts
  2. Labour candidate deselected after sharing ‘anti-Semitic’ Facebook posts
  3. Tory candidate suspended for anti-Semitic tweets (lower section of article)
  4. Tory candidate axed over tweets about Jews
  5. Conservative council candidate kicked out over anti-Semitic tweets
  6. Labour and Conservative candidates deselected in Birmingham
Please note

This by-election is on the same day as the election for the new West Midlands Mayor being held across seven West Midlands local authority areas. Please help to support Pete Durnell, your UKIP candidate for mayor.

Postal votes

Applications, amendments or cancellations to postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the Elections Office by 5pm on Tuesday 18th April.

Polling Day
  • On Polling Day, your polling station will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Please check your polling card for the location of your polling station.
  • For help finding or identifying your polling station, please call the Elections Office on 0121 303 2731

To make a donation to Alan’s campaign or the Branch ‘fighting fund’ for the upcoming snap General Election, please visit our Donate page.

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