Erdington by-election: how are local people using their vote?

The death of Jack Dromey in January has triggered a by-election here in Erdington.

Historically a Labour stronghold, Cllr Paulette Hamilton is contesting to retain the seat, while fellow city Cllr Robert Alden is vying to become the first Conservative MP here since 1936. We speak to the people here about the issues which count to them.

There are a total of 12 candidates are standing in the Erdington by-election. The polls close at 10pm tonight and the results will be announced tomorrow.

Here’s what how the people of Erdington told they are using their vote. You can see their comments in the video at the top of this story or read the comments below.

Tracey says: “Well, today it’s the Birmingham Erdington election, and I will not be voting because the government really just thinks of themselves. And that’s it. That’s what I’m gonna do. That’s my choice. I mean, if they start thinking of the people - what they really want - then it would be different.”

Tracey, Erdington

Joan says: “Erdington is going through a lot of problems at the moment. And one of the biggest concerns for myself - and I know a lot of people - is the issues with HMOs and exempt accommodation.

Politicians, when they want your vote, they will promise you the world. When they go in, it’s another thing and Erdington don’t need this.

“Erdington needs a politician now that will be up to the job, will be committed and be effective. We need someone strong and effective. This is what Erdington needs at the moment. So the person who goes in I hope they are up to the job.”

Joan, Erdington

John says: “I voted for Robert Alden. The local councillor. I found him approachable and a hard working councillor. And I think because he’s a local man, you don’t need anybody from outside anymore. And we’ll get back to real parliamentary values. Electing a local MP.”

Jean says: “I more or less agree with John, what he said, because he keeps us informed with what’s going on in Erdington and all around you know, and he’s done a lot of hard work, and I would support him.”

John & Jean, Erdington

Michael says: “I don’t think that the Labour Party in the past has done this area any good at all. You can could look at it now and see slight degeneration, not just here but Kingstanding and other areas, and I think we need another MP to to make a difference.”

Michael, Erdington

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