Birmingham local elections 2012
A report by APF parent Mohammed Ashraf
In the Sparkbrook ward of Birmingham, local election candidates were invited to participate in hustings so that voters could ask them questions. It was disappointing that the Labour and Green party candidates were the only ones to show up and this kind of summed up for me how much they care about this election. A question was put forward with reference to the fact that there are currently 3 schools in Sparkbrook that have been forced to become Academies;
‘Firstly what are your views on academies, and if elected would you support parents and the community if they opposed a forced academy?’
Both candidates were swift to pledge their support if the community felt they didn’t want their schools to become academies and said that they would do their best to challenge an undemocratic decision. They also each gave a short account of why they felt academies were not a good idea and were in reality privatising of the Education system.
The Green Party candidate for Sparkbrook is Peter Tinsley
The Labour Party candidate for Sparkbrook is Mohammed Azim
We are encouraging all parents and prospective parents in Birmingham to write to their local candidates to ask for their support for open and democratic consultation on school change. Addresses for all candidates and a suggested letter with the APF header can be downloaded on the ‘Get Involved’ page.