Paulette appeared as a guest on BBC Politics Midlands, a programme that covers the latest political news and debates in our region.
She spoke about some of the key issues that matter to local people, such as the rise of knife crime and the crisis in our NHS under the Tory Government. She also shared my views on how we can tackle these issues and build a better future for our communities.
You can watch the videos below to see what she said.
Our broken health system
Paulette spoke about the state of our country after 14 years of Tory rule. Under the Conservative Government, we have seen a decline in our public services, our health, and our wellbeing. Here are some of the problems we face every day:
– You can’t get a GP appointment: The Tories have cut funding for primary care, leaving many GP practices understaffed and overworked. This means that people have to wait weeks or months to see a doctor, or they have to rely on online or phone consultations.
– When you do get a GP appointment, you can’t get an assessment or diagnosis of ADHD: The Tories have neglected mental health services, leaving many patients with ADHD and other conditions without proper support and treatment. This means that patients struggle with the symptoms of ADHD, such as difficulty concentrating, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, without knowing why or how to cope.
– When you do get an assessment, there’s no medication left: The Tories have failed to secure adequate supplies of medication for ADHD and other conditions. This means that people have to face the risk of running out of medication, or having to switch to a different brand or dosage, which can have negative effects on their health and wellbeing.
These are just some of the examples of how the Tories have broken Britain
Rise in knife crime
Paulette also spoke about the serious problem of knife crime in our communities, and the B23 postcode in our constituency has the highest rate of knife crime in the West Midlands.
Knife crime has increased by more than 70%, claiming the lives of many innocent people and causing fear and insecurity in our communities.
The Conservative Government has recently announced a ban on zombie knives, which are large and dangerous weapons that have no legitimate use. While she welcome this move, I believe that it is not enough to address the root causes of knife crime.
That is why the Labour Party will extend the ban to include online sales of large knives, which are often used by criminals and gangs. We will also invest in education, youth services, and community policing, to prevent young people from being drawn into violence and crime.
We will not let knife crime destroy our communities and our future.