I was born in Kilnhurst and lived in and around the area for 20 years which included living in the Parkgate area and attending a local Comprehensive school.
After leaving school I worked at Central Engineering Workshops and Brinsworth Strip Mill for seven years which were both part of British Steel.
In 1986, under Mrs Thatcher’s government, I was made redundant from Brinsworth Strip Mill, so I experienced at first hand the hardships and sacrifices made by the working man. However, I channelled this in a positive way and took the opportunity to retrain which allowed me to secure a job as a vending engineer where I worked tirelessly for seven years before I decided to make the brave decision of starting my own vending business, which has now been established for nearly 20 years.
As we all know, the common misconception people have of a Conservative is a posh, privately educated person born with ‘a silver spoon’ but the people of Rawmarsh can clearly relate to someone such as myself who has strived to work hard for all of my life and has been committed to providing a living for my family and contributing to our society.
I know the value of hard work, I know how tough it can be to provide for your family on a limited income but at the same time, I know that through perseverance and dedication, we can achieve anything that we want.
I have previously been a councillor for RMBC from 2008-2012 and this was a very significant part of my working life because it allowed me to constructively challenge the Labour run council and hold them to account but most importantly because it allowed me to serve the people of Wickersley and relate to the issues affecting them.
My message to the people of Rawmarsh is: a vote for the Conservative Party is a vote for experience, a vote of absolute commitment to our local community and a vote for someone who knows how our council works and how to make sure Rawmarsh is given a fair representation.
Promoted by Omar Mehban on behalf of Martyn Parker and the Conservative Party, both at 1b South Terrace, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, S60 2EU
Polling day in the Rawmarsh by-election, is 16th May.