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‘Key issues never touched on’, claims Jaddoo

Desmond Jaddoo has suggested that the real issues that affect the people of Birmingham were rarely addressed in the campaigns of the mayoral candidates in the referendum.

Jaddoo intended to run as a candidate himself had Birmingham seen a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum this week.

However, he feels that voters rejected the proposal partly because the candidates didn’t declare how they would fight key issues, like gun crime and gang culture, in the city.

He told localmayoralelections,

No-one [rival candidates] touched on that [gang culture and gun crime], I touched on that at South Birmingham College“.

He made a point that,

The real issues that affect people of Birmingham were never touched on and no-one was really interested in what the people of Birmingham wanted

By – Bradley Jolly (5/5/12)

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Just ‘the beginning’ for Jaddoo

Desmond Jaddoo remains upbeat despite yesterday’s ‘no’ vote in Birmingham’s mayoral referendum.

Jaddoo, who was at the referendum count event, told localmayoralelections, “For some people today it is the end, but for us it is the beginning because we’ve engaged people during the debate… People are engaging in a new voice“.

Whilst other candidates, like Sion Simon, were left disappointed following the news, Jaddoo told us he is hopeful to continue working to tackle the big issues Birmingham faces, like knife and gun crimes and poverty, despite the blow.

However, the 45-year old offered some reasons as to why Birmingham rejected the mayoral proposal. He suggested that people in Birmingham were not aware of the debate and needed to get back on “the political platform“.

He said, “Even out of the 4,300 [people in Birmingham] I addressed, only about 600 knew about the debate at the time“.

Mr. Jaddoo also added that he felt, “seasoned politicians” put their names against the debate and that they believed this would give it more hype and interaction.

Unfortunately, all they successfully did was turn people off‘, Jaddoo claimed.

By – Bradley Jolly (5/5/12)

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Birmingham must use its ‘diversity’, claims Jaddoo

Birmingham must take advantage of its diversity in order to tackle the economy issues it faces, according to mayoral candidate Desmond Jaddoo.

The 45 year old, who was born in Birmingham, spoke to localmayoralelections about his plans for Birmingham International Airport, as an example as a project to beat the city’s financial issues.

Jaddoo, who describes himself as “a representative of Birmingham’s diversity“, said,

Birmingham Airport is 20 years behind…If Birmingham Airport reached a new capacity, there would be jobs there and be jobs for students as well, on a part-time basis because the airport would be a lot busier“.

He added, “we could develop trade links with the countries that are represented by the diversity of Birmingham, which aren’t happening right now“.

Desmond Jaddoo, who is also focusing on issues affecting young people in his agenda, made a point that, “It is what we do with what we’ve got“.

By – Bradley Jolly (1/5/12)

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Desmond Jaddoo says “Yes” to Birmingham Mayor

On Sunday 15th April a debate took place at the Birmingham Town Hall. The debate was in aid of the “Yes to Birmingham Mayor Campaign”.

Amongst the panel of the second part to the debate was council member Desmond Jaddoo. Desmond is in full support of the Yes Campaign and will be running for Mayor if the Yes vote wins.

Desmond began the debate by saying he was shocked that it took so long for the youth of Birmingham to be mentioned.

“18-24 year olds make up a third of the voting community in Birmingham”.

Desmond then went on to say how important it is to involve the youth of Birmingham and that they should hold parts of these powers.

On the topic of powers, Desmond talked about how Birmingham needs to be put back on the map.

“Birmingham is a city that is in reverse right now”.

Desmond went on to talk about how other cities such as Middlesborough have benefited from having a mayor. He spoke of how crime had been reduced and regeneration is in place.

Adam Harrison, a member of the public had written into the Yes to Birmingham Mayor campaign and asked “Transport networks stretch across wider boundaries than cities, so how can an elected Mayor coordinate transport across a wider area than the city of Birmingham?”

Desmond responded to this question by saying that the Mayor will have to look at the global picture of transport and not just Birmingham.

“There needs to be a transport commission for in and around Birmingham, we need to tackle issues such as road safety and look at alternative methods of transport such as motorbikes, cycling etc. We need to take each issue dissect it and not over complicate it. Bottom line is people want to get home quicker, they want to get back to their families quicker.”

Desmond finished by emphasising how important the community of Birmingham are and how the powers that will be given to the mayor should be directed at what the people want and not what others think they need.

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The candidates put forward their agendas

The Birmingham Mail have reported that creating job opportunities and uniting communities is a major priority for the Birmingham mayor candidates and appeared in all agendas.

According to Gisela Stuart and Sion Simon there is a major need to create jobs and wealth within the city as the outcry for opportunity is at an all-time high, with ever increasing prices and an economy in turmoil.

Sir Albert Bore and Mr Jaddoo however seemed more concerned with uniting communities in order to form one umbrella agenda for the city.

Mr Jaddoo spoke of a young person’s charter scheme as being,

“directly linked to the Mayor’s office” and “is something whereby in certain areas of the city we get young people in the city to form groups together and appoint a leader and that leader convenes with the Mayor’s office”.

Mr Jaddoo believes this will help to give young people a voice and to be heard within the world of politics.

Sir Albert Bore who is also concerned with uniting communities has been involved in a number of regeneration schemes and believes that he is the perfect candidate for the role of mayor. He commented,

“I’ve been the leader of the city; I know what these roles and responsibilities are about and therefore what I’d bring in my capacity is the understanding of what the roles and responsibilities are and how those can be taken forward through the political government”.

Many hope like Paul Greatrix (Times Higher Education) that the promise of jobs and community will help students and students unions to focus on cooperation not opposition.

Students unions have always been concerned with politics, especially with the support and representation that students receive, and now also take into consideration core issues of teaching and learning.

We saw this through the student protests on the 9th of November. Students were protesting about the rise in tuition fees but also for the lack of opportunity. Student Danielle Bowen said,

“If there were more job opportunities available for student after university, the impact of the fees may not have come so harshly. The fact is that in order to gain a job we need the education, but only a select few will be able to secure a job once uni’s over due to cuts. We also need jobs now to help us to support ourselves through university.”

The mayoral elections are also having an impact all over the country, especially with students. More students are now becoming involved with their own union elections and becoming involved in politics.

This can be seen through the University of Sheffield’s union vote. More than 8,500 votes were cast in the UK’s largest student’s union election.

This was a record turnout of more than 8,000 and the number of candidates was the highest since 2006.

The face of politics is changing and the question you need to ask yourself is yes or no? do we want a directly elected mayor?

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Jaddoo to tackle ‘issues affecting youth’

Desmond Jaddoo has suggested that young people in the city should ‘form groups together‘ and ‘appoint a leader‘ to deal with the issues in the city the youth face.

Mr. Jaddoo spoke of a young persons charter scheme, which he described, “would be directly linked to the Mayor’s office and is something whereby in certain areas of the city we get young people in the city to form groups together and appoint a leader and that leader convenes with the Mayor’s office”. Desmond Jaddoo explained that this should allow young people to get their voices heard in government and, as a knock-on effect, the issues of youth unemployment, housing and environmental issues should be tackled.

However, Desmond wasn’t going to give everything away just yet, as he still hopes for a ‘yes’ vote in May’s referendum. He said, “One thing I don’t want to do is cloud the referendum at this stage. I don’t want it clouding because we want people to vote ‘yes’”.

By – Bradley Jolly (4/4/12)

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A profile of… Desmond Jaddoo

A profile of… Desmond Jaddoo

It is all very well and good naming the candidates for the role of Mayor of Birmingham but they are just names. We need to know more about them. Who are they? What do they do? It occurred to me that we must explore each candidate; really delve into their lives, their histories, their background, let alone where they stand on the main issues affecting Birmingham.

Desmond Jaddoo is a Birmingham born and bred candidate. One of five children, he was raised in Aston. He worked for Birmingham City Council for over 17 years in The Housing Department. During this time, Desmond appreciated the needs and cultures of individuals and the diversity of Birmingham.

The 45-year-old has been involved in many community projects in inner city Birmingham over the years and attends Perry Beeches Baptist Church. It is here where Desmond is involved heavily in the development of young people and their faiths and education of transferable skills. Mr. Jabboo sees the need for preparing our youth for the future as very important, because it is a way of letting them focus on their strengths, and focus on positive outlooks.

It is this background that has helped Desmond Jabboo see the importance of Birmingham becoming a city of leadership and the importance of the citizens of Birmingham having a voice – the right to have a vote, use the vote and get involved in local politics.

Desmond was mentored by the late Alderman Cross, a long-standing Councillor in Aston. Desmond remembers seeing Alderman Cross walking in his ward every weekend and getting to know all sorts of people, not just near election time. Desmond admired this.

Desmond has now been spurred on to change the city for the better. He first needs people to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum and is more determined than ever that this will happen…

By Bradley Jolly – 17/3/12

Note – The image was given to me by Mr. Desmond Jabboo.

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