Jenny Wilkinson

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield

Jenny Wilkinson

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield

Local Lib Dems Press for Action on School Funding

Jenny Wilkinson, spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield Lib Dems, has thrown her support behind a campaign by the National Governance Association (“NGA”) for a substantial increase to funding for our schools. In her capacity as Chair of Governors of Holland House Infant School and Nursery, Jenny joined governors and trustees from 130 constituencies across the country at NGA’s lobby of Parliament on Thursday 28th February.

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Open letter to Andrew Mitchell MP on the meaningful vote

5th December 2018

Dear Andrew Mitchell MP

Let’s be clear. Brexit is proving to be a complete mess.

Mr Mitchell, do you genuinely believe that Mrs May’s agreement is in our best interests? Do you really think that the Government’s proposed arrangement is better than our current EU deal?

In 2016, you supported Remain. With your wealth of international experience, you will be well aware of the value of working with our neighbours on a range of issues that transcend borders: taxation of the largest companies; climate change; defence; the refugee crisis. You are also, no doubt, very aware of the catastrophic consequences that a bad Brexit could have on business and commerce.

The deal currently proposed satisfies no-one: on the one hand, it risks us being tied into the Customs Union indefinitely, bound by EU regulations in which we have no say; on the other, we lose our rights to freely work, travel and love across 27 countries. I urge you to take the best interests of your constituents into account and vote against this deal.

Furthermore, I ask you to support our calls for the people to be given the final say on the Brexit deal. Here are 5 reasons why you should support this:

  1. The referendum was not free and fair. There were lies. Turkey is not joining the EU and, in any case, the UK would have a veto. Leave donor Arron Banks is being investigated by the National Crime Agency. He is innocent until proven guilty but, should illegal foreign money have played a part, then the legitimacy of the result must be questioned. Do we really want to go ahead and reward liars and possible cheats?
  2. Voters were not well informed about the reality of Brexit. The implications for the Irish border were never considered. Of course, leaving the EU was on the ballot paper, but no-one knew what leave would look like in reality. It wasn’t clear in 2016 and has only become clearer in the last couple of weeks, two and a half years after the original vote, when the Brexit deal was, in part, revealed. By giving the people a final vote, we are allowing them to make an informed decision on the facts – not the fantasy mis-sold by Brexiteers.
  3. The promises of 2016 have not been met. The backlash against the PM’s deal by Leavers and Remainers alike has only increased divisions. It satisfies neither side of the debate. If Theresa May’s Brexit is such a good deal for the UK, surely voters will endorse it again!
  4. The country is allowed to change its mind – democracy should be an ongoing process. What looked like such a good deal in 2016 is now in doubt. People are, quite rightly, having second thoughts. Our recent street poll in Sutton Coldfield, showed an overwhelming dissatisfaction with how Brexit is going, with two-thirds of people we spoke to supporting calls for a referendum on the deal.
  5. Brexit will be your legacy to Sutton Coldfield. Despite our differences, my genuine belief is that you went into politics to make a difference. I cannot understand why you are so determined to be an architect of a project which will make things worse for all of our residents? Please search your conscience and make the right decision.

A lot has changed since 2016 and it is now clear that there is no Commons majority for any version of Brexit. At this point, the safest route must be to give this decision back to the people, giving them the choice between the deal negotiated by the Government and remaining in the EU. An increasing number of Conservative MPs recognise that this is the only way to overcome a gridlocked Parliament.

Democracy relies on people being given opportunities to change their minds if they want to do so. Please use your position of public trust to act in the national interest and support plans for a People’s Vote.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Wilkinson
Spokesperson for Sutton Coldfield Liberal Democrats


Sutton Park

Jenny has been shocked by the under-investment in our park over recent years and is passionate about making the most of this fantastic natural asset we have on our doorstep.Jenny

Jenny wants to see more resources available for our park rangers to allow them to effectively manage and maintain the park and is particularly keen to see more organised ‘forest school’ events for our local children and young people to learn to fully appreciate their natural environment.


Supporting our schools

As a governor at Holland House Infant and Nursery School, Jenny has first-hand experience of the perilous financial position facing our schools. Finances are already extremely tight and with schools across Sutton facing total budget cuts of £8.5m over the next few years, very difficult decisions must be made, with an inevitable consequence for our children’s education. Jenny is joining with parents and teachers across Sutton in opposing these cuts.

 


Saving Sutton’s library

Jenny is one of the founder members of The Library Lobby, the community campaign group which has successfully raised awareness of the plight of our town centre library and put pressure on Sutton’s Town Council and Birmingham City Council to work together to keep the library open. With a short-term safety net now secured, Jenny and other campaigners are continuing to work with interested parties to find a longer-term solution.