There are 3 candidatesÂ standing in Wednesfield South and 2 in Wednesfield North and we will publish any responses in the order we receive them.
Whilst WV11 does not back any political party, we are keen to see local politicians engaging with the community online as well as offline.
The first candidate to respond was Wednesfield North Labour candidate Phil Bateman, here are his responses to our questionnaire…
Â WV11 local candidate questionnaire
Name: Philip Bateman
Party: The Labour Party
Ward: Wednesfield North
Occupation: Self Employed Consultant
What made you decide to stand for election?
I have been active in WednesfieldÂ politics and community affairs for more than 40 years. I have the burningÂ desire to help make our community a better place to live, work and take leisureÂ time. I have a long history of delivering better facilities, both into WednesfieldÂ and the region.
What do you believe are the key issues to be dealt with in your ward?
The keyÂ issues will be around people and their struggle with every day life. Giving helpÂ and assistance to individuals and families and highlighting the inequalitiesÂ that they face on a day to day basis.
If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed ofÂ what you are doing to represent them?
I had a very good track record ofÂ representation over the years, and I am proud to say that I have run a web siteÂ www.philbateman.com for many years. In the early years of the web site, it wasÂ recognised as being â€˜ground breakingâ€™ it even reached a national ATOS final and I was invited to London as one of five finalists! Constituents will be able to follow the issues I am involved with by use of that web site, and the socialÂ media like Twitter and Facebook where I am also found communicating aroundÂ issues of local, national, and international interest. I have always operated withÂ an Advice Surgery, I intend to do so again.
How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
I am confident that I will be able to make a difference not only to the way thatÂ the elected member role is delivered but also in the response. I am passionateÂ about my community. I am excited about being involved in an election again!Â I have so much experience that I want to share and use in the developmentÂ of Wednesfield & Wolverhampton. There are many, many families that I haveÂ helped in the past, that will testify to the fact that I made a difference to them!
Anything else you would like to add?
I am a proud former Mayor of Wolverhampton. During the course of myÂ Mayoral Year I raised almost Â£30,000 for charities which included theÂ Childrenâ€™s Ward at New Cross Hospital, The Everyman Cancer Charity fightingÂ testicular cancer, and Divine Onkar a Wolverhampton based Charity thatÂ helps the rural poor in India; In 2004 I received an MBE for my services toÂ transport across the West Midlands. I have also received a Fellowship from theÂ Chartered Institute of Transport & Logistics.
I believe strongly in the role of Law and Oder and I am proud to have receivedÂ a Chief Constable commendation for work I had undertaken with the Police inÂ the West Midlands.
I am a former Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate.
I am the Secretary of Wednesfield North Labour Party.
I am the current Chairman of Ashmore Park Nursery School, and The ParksÂ Children Centre. I am extremely proud of the role that I have played atÂ Ashmore Park Nursery along with the Governors over past years. A roleÂ which has led to Â£1m being invested into the school which has been rebuiltÂ and refurbished. Plus the advocacy and campaign for the addition of theÂ Children Centre, providing quality support to young parents and their childrenÂ across Wednesfield North. Also the fact that the Nursery School has receivedÂ an â€˜outstandingâ€™ grade in each of the last two OFSTED inspections it hasÂ faced.
I am proud of my community which led me to bringing the CommonwealthÂ Secretary General to Coppice High School in 2006. I intend to one day write aÂ book about our community!
I remain committed to developing the canal network as a â€˜wild life reserveâ€™ andÂ as a facility for Wednesfield people to enjoy. There is much, much more!