Introducing your LibDem candidate in Newton: Bertram Richards


Sandwell Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that our candidate for Newton ward in the local election on Thursday 2 May 2019 is Bertram Richards.

Bertram gained a degree in Law, (LLB (Hons)) at University of Wolverhampton and an M.A. in Criminology at Birmingham City University. He is a Training and Development Consultant at Central Birmingham College and has lived in Sandwell for 20 years.

When asked why he became a Liberal Democrat Bertram answered. “I believe in the continuing development of communities where all can benefit from the fruits of an enlarged and vibrant economy that is fair, free and accessible to all.”

We asked Betram if there was anything interesting about himself that wanted to share “As an educationalist I am passionate about education and developmental training. Through Central Birmingham College I developed the Education in the Community Project that ran for a decade from the Central Library in West Bromwich and provided programmes for non- English speakers (ESOL). It also helped those with childcare and carers responsibilities to return to education and training.

The programme, though successful, was abandoned because of cuts to library funding. As many of our students found work, I am hoping to set up the programme again and initial consultation has begun. There is a need for such programmes, including new and additional free programmes such as ‘Life in the UK,’ Career Development for Young People and programmes for our senior citizens in Sandwell.

I am also a dedicated criminologist and housing specialist and am interested in community safety and crime reduction through environmental design and crime prevention. I would therefore like to see more Crime Prevention Programme initiatives undertaken within Sandwell neighbourhoods. This, and more investment in neighbourhood community policing and council enforcement policies could address the current rise in anti-social behaviour and youth crime.

In my spare time I volunteer as Chair of a small charity that helps young offenders access education and training and I am currently leading the design on a localised mentorship programmes. I have a double degree in Law (LLB(Hons), and Criminology (M.A.) and I am a trained Mentor for Teacher Training (PGCE).”

Don’t forget to vote for your Libdem candidate on Thursday 2 May. They are:

  • Bertram Richards in Newton
  • Bryan Manley-Green in Old Warley
  • Karl Renar in Abbey
  • Rob Johns in Cradley & Old Hill
  • Stephen Pimm in Great Barr & Yew Tree

We will be holding a Day of Action in Newton ward on Sunday 28 April, when we will be knocking on doors and delivering leaflets. Do come along and join us – if you are interested please let us know by emailing [email protected] and putting Action Day as the subject – and we will send you the details. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this sort of thing before as we’ll pair you with someone who has some experience. The more people who take part the more people will know about Liberal Democrats in Sandwell!

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