"I was born in Middlesbrough and have worked and been educated in and around Teesside all of my 70 years. I have lived in Ingleby Barwick for 15 years. I worked for Dorman Long and ICI as a Chemist. I then trained at Teesside University to become a Probation Officer. I retired in 2005 having spent 10 years as Assistant Chief Probation Officer. I then became a non-executive director of Stockton Primary Care Trust. I was also an independent member of Cleveland Police Authority. I am actively involved in opposing the further wholesale housing developments on the green wedge to the South of Ingleby Barwick.
"It is from my past 70 years of experience on Teesside that I wish to go public in commenting on the present difficulties for Teesside brought about by this Tory-led government and endorsing Louise Baldock as our prospective Labour MP.
"We cannot afford another 5 years of the crushing of our public services in the name of deficit reduction, but in actuality Tory-driven dogma to increase the private sector. Here in Teesside because of a lack of investment we need our public services more than ever.
"The NHS was never easy to manage but 5 years ago it was functioning as well as ever and had been generously funded by the Labour government. It was striving and succeeding with a staff who were committed to public service. Then suddenly the Tories produced, without any manifesto commitment or mandate, Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Act which abolished Primary Care Trusts bringing a massive top down reorganisation of the NHS. It resulted in immense redundancy costs. It moved GPs from their surgeries to the board room (Clinical Commissioning Groups) and more importantly opened the door for the privatisation of the NHS. Now nearly 5 years on the NHS is in a mess - try getting a doctors appointment in under 3 weeks!
"Under this goverment the police in Cleveland have had their numbers cut, have had their horse section closed and have lost control of their own Police Helicopter, with plans to move it from Teesside Airport to Newcastle.
My own profession, the Probation Service, has seen 70% of it privatised and some of the privatised companies are planning to replace Probation Officers with more economic and profitable electronic check in devices. (Can you imagine being counselled by an electronic device?).
Then here in Ingleby Barwick we had the Free School (much needed) providing the vehicle whereby greedy developers have seized the opportunity of the precedent set, to build on green wedge to push through plans for a further 1000+ houses, not to meet housing need (Brownfield sites available for that) but to increase disruption to traffic, cause even more pressure on our schools, doctors etc and destroy what is left of Ingleby Barwick's green wedge for their own (vast) profit.
So enter Louise Baldock, she is truly a breath of fresh air. She listens and she campaigns vigourously. I know she is a caring and compassionate woman - I have seen her on several occasions speaking out at planning applications and appeals. Apart from IBIS I have seen no other candidates or an MP of any party raising objections.
"I strongly endorse Louise Baldock's bid for Parliament. Please strike a blow for South Stockton and Teesside. Lets have a voice in Parliament who is genuinely a people person who we can approach. Vote for Louise on Thursday."