Why you should support Paul Dadge
My community has always been important to me, and I have always striven to play my part in it. I was born in 1976 and grew up in Norton Canes, a village in the constituency. I went to my local schools, Jerome Primary and Norton Canes High where I developed a keen interest in computers and technology. This led me to a career in IT and after working for several companies across the UK, in 2005 I returned to our area and set up a small business in Norton Canes providing IT services.
I am proud to still be running my business just down the road from where I grew up. I’m passionate about my line of work; IT is a dynamic and innovative industry in the UK and it provides many people, particularly young people, with stable and interesting employment as well as unique opportunities to develop their skills and creative instincts.
I am also a proud father to two wonderful children, Bea who is six and four year-old Tom, and husband to Alex who is a headteacher at a middle school. We live near Cannock Chase and can often be found at the Birches Valley Centre of a weekend and are regular users of Rugeley leisure centre.
I am standing to be the MP for Cannock Chase because I want to go to Parliament to fight for the area I grew up in. What happens in Westminster matters here and yet all too often our area finds itself without a strong voice when it needs one and ignored by party politics in London.
For me, a good Government is one that helps everyone in our society to get the jobs they deserve, a quality education for their children, decent housing, the best healthcare in their time of need and a healthy environment to live in. It isn’t about figures and footnotes on a piece of paper, throwing around meaningless statistics, or sucking up to powerful interests to get ahead. Many people in our area, including the 37% who didn’t vote at the last general election, are rightly fed up with political games in Westminster, and so am I.
I want to be a different kind of MP, one that starts off rooted in our community and stays that way for the good of all of us. I’ve always held the principle of community service and helping those in need close to my heart. In the past, I have been a part-time firefighter, these days I chair the Burntwood and Cannock Chase Community First Responders scheme – who you may have seen out and about in our area collecting donations or responding to a 999 call. In this role, I’ve successfully campaigned for life-saving defibrillators, available to the public, to be installed across the Cannock Chase constituency.
I have also been active in the campaign for fair press regulation as part of the well-known Hacked Off campaign. This is because in 2011, I became aware that over a period of years, journalists from a notorious tabloid newspaper had repeatedly hacked into my mobile and listen to my voicemail. The Hacked Off campaign, kicked off by Hugh Grant, was beginning to gain momentum and I added my voice to those speaking out against press intrusion into private lives. I’m glad to have been part of bringing that scandal to light and since the Conservative government have not acted on it, I am continuing to fight for laws that will protect people from illegal intrusion.
This campaign is also how I came to join the Labour Party. Ed Miliband, the then-leader, impressed me by the interest he took in the campaign, how he engaged with us and the way he fearlessly took on the entrenched powers that were backing those journalists. He made me realise that Labour is a force for progress and sticking up for the millions of ordinary people across the country.
There is so much promise in Cannock Chase and with an MP who knows the area and will make it their upmost priority, I know it can go from strength to strength. I only wanted to stand in this area, because this is the area I know and love, which is why I want to fight for us in Parliament. I hope that you will lend me your vote at this election so that I can be your local, committed voice in Cannock Chase and Westminster.
Promoted by George Adamson on behalf of Paul Dadge both at 10 Norton Canes Business Park, Norton Green Lane, Norton Canes, Cannock, WS11 9SS.
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