The borough council must lead in creating a vibrant economy, not one dependent on low-paid seasonal work. We need secure jobs with good prospects Subash Sharma
Subash Sharma

I am very aware of my good fortune and the opportunities that I have had. I came to England from India at the age of 8 in 1965. It was cold, but also very exciting. There were new things to see and do. I went to university, I paid no tuition fees and even received a maintenance grant. Unlike today’s students, I left with a degree but no debt. Getting a job was not a problem, jobs were plentiful and secure, unlike today. I built a successful business after coming to Scarborough in 1982. I and the rest of my generation were lucky.

Scarborough is in danger of dying, I will seek to ensure that good secure jobs are brought to Scarborough

Today things are more difficult: many young people have enormous debts, jobs are hard to get and often insecure and poorly paid. This is true throughout the country, but it is worse in Scarborough, ‘the low wage capital of England’. The town is in danger of dying, since many of our young people have to leave to make a future for themselves. The borough council must lead in creating a vibrant economy, not one dependent on low-paid seasonal work. We need secure jobs with good prospects.

The borough council has shown itself to be arrogant and dismissive of the people of Scarborough; we are simply not listened to. Things that we hold dear to us are destroyed, and any hopes and aspiration that we have for our community are summarily dismissed with no explanation.

If I am elected I will seek to ensure that good secure jobs are brought to Scarborough and we are no longer labelled the low wage capital of England. The council must start listening to its residents, and if I am elected I will ensure that the voice of Newby is heard loud and clear. I did it for the residents of North Bay ward when I represented them between 2011 and 2015, and I will do it again. I’m now retired, and look forward to devoting my time to serve the people of Newby ward.

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