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?
By Elizabeth Johnson