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The man who hopes to be Birmingham’s first elected mayor

FORUM: Desmond Jaddoo hopes to run for Birmingham mayor if a referendum is passed

BIRMINGHAM, BRADFORD, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield are voting today (May 3) on whether they want elected mayors. If they vote yes, elections will be held on November 15.

Community worker and entrepreneur Desmond Jadoo, whose parents are Jamaican, is currently the only black potential mayoral candidate in Birmingham. He has pledged to tackle issues that matter to Birmingham such as gang culture and youth unemployment.

Jaddoo said he feels that people are most concerned about a lack of jobs, better health and social care, police, housing and the environment. He is passionate about including young people.

“I hope to set up a young person’s forum and have one representative from each of the 40 wards in Birmingham to come and sit on a city board – this would give our young people a voice.”

He also supports the planned expansion of Birmingham International Airport in 2013, which he feels will give better direct links to the Caribbean.

Jaddoo, who worked with Birmingham City Council’s housing department for 17 years, believes independent candidates such as himself have much to offer Birmingham.

Jadoo told a mayoral debate at The Drum Arts Centre on April 26: “Independent mayors from non-political backgrounds have already shown that they can work with councillors and the local community to improve things.”

Jadoo said he has been working to raise community awareness of May 3’s mayoral referendum, given “alarming” statistics showing “only around 40 percent of the community seems to be aware that this is actually happening.”

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