Fairer Education Funding
On a per child basis Worcestershire suffers from some of the lowest funding in the educational system. The F40 organisation is a joint campaign by the poorest funded educational authorities in England to rectify this appalling situation.
Karen is working with Worcestershire Conservative MPs and fellow Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to highlight the lack of support for Worcestershire children.
In July 2010 the new coalition government announced a review of school funding.
Alexandra Hospital – NHS
Demand better NHS services and help prevent the Alexandra Hospital from being downgraded.
Worcester Hospital works on a PFI contract that forces all Worcestershire budget cutting health measures onto our local Alexandra Hospital. Redditch residents think this is not fair and have campaigned strongly against any removal of services from their local hospital.
Karen maintains an active interest in all decisions affecting the Alex.
Karen supported the successful No2AV campaign.
She said, “When we were campaigning during the last election we met and talked to thousands of voters. Their concerns were many and varied: the economy, jobs, immigration, housing, crime. There were many areas where our constituents identified a need for change. But if we are being truthful, change in our voting system was not one of them. Our country faces significant challenges. We have our differences on how they should be tackled. We are united, however, in our conviction that those challenges will not be overcome by wasting time, energy and resources on dismantling our voting system are replacing it with a complex alternative that nobody wants. There are some for whom voting reform is a long cherished dream. We respect their views, but we do not believe our constituents will thank us if at this crucial time we turn our back on the issues that matter to them. I personally believe that there is no need to change an arrangement that has worked in Britain for over a century to one that will most likely never produce a stable majority government.”