My name is Ade Adeyemo. I am a Councillor for Lyndon Ward on Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Solihull.
I decided to stand for election in the Solihull Constituency because I feel that the people of Solihull are crying out for change, for something different - a positive voice - someone who represents their values, their aims and their aspirations in life.
I am a local resident. I and my family have lived in Solihull for over 22 years now and I am very passionate about our local area. My children all grew up here and I feel that we must work very hard to keep it a place we are all proud to call 'home'.
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer, an Auditor of Management Systems and a Risk and Resilience Specialist. During my professional career, I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in construction and management of major building and civil engineering projects throughout the UK and abroad.
I love my rugby - I used to play at centre for local team Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club ( now the Bees). After retiring due to injury, I took up refereeing. I am now a retired Rugby Football Union (RFU) Referee and I occasionally act as a Referee Adviser with the Warwickshire Society. I also dabble in amateur photography and I present a weekly 'Afro Beat' show on Big City Radio 89.1FM in Birmingham. I am also actively involved in a number of local Voluntary and Community Associations. I first became involved with the Liberal Democrats as a volunteer, helping to deliver leaflets for Lorely Burt when she was the MP for Solihull. Impressed with the fact that the then newly-elected MP was out delivering leaflets in the rain, I decided that if my local MP was determined to work that hard, she was definitely worth supporting! That was several years ago. I am now the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Solihull and I am pleased to count on Baroness Burt as "my mentor and number one supporter".
I feel quite strongly that the people of Solihull deserve positive change. They are tired of the status quo where the incumbent MP is simply not proactive enough in standing up for local residents. If elected as MP for Solihull, I will make it his duty to put our Constituency back on the map, by speaking up on behalf of my constituents, particularly young people and the less fortunate members of our community.
A final word... What I am offering is a change for the better - opportunity for all and a strong voice for Solihull. Something new, something different, something genuine. A fresh start for the good people of Solihull.