Candidate profile: Jo Smith stands for the Labour Party in the Stroud District Council elections on May 3
By watts1980 | Thursday, April 26, 2012, 11:53
Jo Smith, from Amberley, is standing for the Nailsworth seat on Stroud District Council at the local elections on May 3rd. Here's what she says about herself.
Jo Smith stands for Labour in Nailsworth on May 3 elections
"I have lived in my present home for 31 years, just a 10-minute walk from Nailsworth town centre, and love the area. I retired from nursing a year ago, but continue to coordinate the monthly Alzheimer's cafe in Nailsworth, as a volunteer.
"Having been trained and worked within the NHS most of my working life, it was heartbreaking to see the Tories and Lib Dems cheering through the Health and Social Care Bill, so enabling 49 per cent of our NHS hospital beds to be privatised in the future.
"Locally, I pledge myself to the continuing battle to keep Stroud Hospital and Gloucestershire's community services within the NHS.
"I will also work cooperatively to fight for fairness in funding for Nailsworth and Horsley and support for our town centre, and press the district council to fulfil its responsibilities in maintaining and increasing its stock of affordable housing."