My name is Mike Wood and I am asking you to lend me your support in May's General Election so that I can provide a strong local voice for Dudley South.
I am a local candidate who moved to Dudley with my family 37 years ago when I was a toddler. I was brought up locally, went to school here, am a local councillor and now I live in Stourbridge with my wife, Laura, and our two young children, Rebecca and Ben. It's home in every sense of the word.
I rely on local services for myself and my family, and want them to be the best that they can be for everybody. That is why I opposed the Council's plans to close Children's Centres across Dudley, which provide vital services for so many local families. Money is tight for local councils, like it is for other parts of government, and so difficult choices have to be made but Dudley Council made the wrong choice when they proposed closing Children's Centres and we are lucky that strong campaigns led by local parents forced the Council to put the closure plans on hold.
I serve as a governor at a special school, helping to make sure that the school is well run and that children there - who have a wide range of learning difficulties - receive the special support that they need. My daughter goes to a primary school up by Merry Hill, and my son goes to the nursery. I want to make sure that all of the schools in our area offer the best possible education to give local children the a great start in life.
As the son of a retired policeman, I am a big believer in the importance of strong law and order. I take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour, to make our streets – and our homes – safer.
If you elect me as your Member of Parliament on 7th May, you can be sure that I will work hard to repay your trust and make Dudley South an even better place to live.