Faisel Baig standing in Penryn East & Mylor for Cornwall Council
Hi, I'm Faisel. I am a local pharmacy contractor in St Mawes having moved to Penryn from London 4 years' ago to fulfil that role. I qualified as a Pharmacist in 1996 and have since spent much of my career as a manager of an independent pharmacy in Kent as well as a locum mainly in the London, Cornwall and Devon areas.
Having seen the move toward privatisation of public services nationally I believe in adequately funding essential local services and have firsthand knowledge of the importance of influencing decisions to support that, having successfully led a campaign to maintain such services in St Mawes.
Services like the post office, local surgery, pharmacy and schools, are the skeletons of our society and need to be funded adequately with minimum bureaucracy and I fully support that ethos.
The local community needs to thrive and to do so we need to have an adequate minimum wage, control local developments to an end that support local communities rather than prices them out of the housing market and thus support article 4.
I'm a great believer in supporting teachers and schools in their role of educating our children, rather than tying them into bureaucracy that hinders them, and suggests the need for further privatisation. Having seen the rise of academies in London, I feel we need to object to this trend now in Cornwall, and fully oppose the academisation and cuts that our local schools face in the coming years.
We have to ensure that local services like our schools, post offices, hospital services do not fall into private hands under the guise of efficiency savings and will fight to support that ambition. These services are important for the fabric of our community, and slowly stripping them away, will hit the most vulnerable hardest. Thus I feel it is very important to have Labour representation on our local councils to oppose this spread of misguided privatisation across our nation that many conservative representatives support.