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Friday 21st November 2014
Brickhouse Community Centre, Rowley Regis

Saturday 22nd November 2014
Hope Centre, Halesowen

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Positive politics: getting things done in Halesowen & Rowley Regis

One of the reasons why a lot of people are turned-off by politics is because it often seems like many politicians are more interested in winning political points against their opponents than they are in actually achieving something.

I am not a career politician. I have only been involved in politics for a few years after twenty years as a small businessman.

I got involved because I wanted to get things done.

Now, as Member of Parliament, I try to use the position to make a positive practical difference to people in Halesowen & Rowley Regis - whether getting things done for people who come to me for help, or by bringing the community together to get things done in our area.

I try to focus on the things that I am "for". I don't think that politics should be based on what you are against, and at the next election I hope that you will vote for me based on the positive things that I am doing, rather than just as a negative vote against my opponents.

A bit about me

James with his children Evie and Sollie

I am proud to have been MP for Halesowen & Rowley Regis since May 2010 and am doing everything that I can to support local people and to help make our area an even better place to live and work.

I set up and ran my own small businesses, and am trying to use that experience and understanding of the challenges that firms face, to help boost our local economy.

I am married to Anna and we have two children - Sol and Evie.

Am I your MP?