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Majority pleased with Conservative landslide

By Harriet Evans | West Bromwich | General Election 2019 | Published:

From "over the moon" to "more than happy", people in West Bromwich have spoken about their views on the Conservatives' landslide General Election victory.

Dave Jones, aged 62, owner of D.Jones Cobblers in West Bromwich for 30 years

West Bromwich turned blue on Friday, with the Conservatives winning both of the town's seats for the first time in more than 40 years.

The overwhelming view from people in West Bromwich on Friday morning was positive, with a number of people welcoming their new MPs.

Sam Bedford, aged 23, has worked in West Bromwich for four years at her own business, K.B Blinds

Sam Bedford, aged 23 who has owned K.B Blinds in West Bromwich Indoor Market for four years, said: "I am over the moon, let's get Brexit done, we've messed around long enough. It won't affect my business because it's all British products, I think it's the best thing we've done.

"Something I want to see is more support for local businesses, the Labour council before said what we all wanted to hear, but they went back on their word and didn't help us."

Dave Jones, aged 62, who has worked in West Bromwich for over 30 years, said: "I'm more than happy with the result, we need a change, I wouldn't trust Jeremy Corbyn to be in office, maybe if they had a different leader it would've been a lot closer than it was; and I think that's nationwide not just West Bromwich.

"I've been discussing it with a other people and I think there are positives and negatives to both sides, you have to vote for who you believe in and who will do better for the community."

Scepticism

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Some were still on the fence but still echoed the overwhelming view that changes need to happen in West Bromwich and across the country.

Natalie Stevens, aged 40, a florist from West Bromwich

Natalie Stevens, aged 42 a florist from Lyng, said: "We need to do something because it's not working the way it has been, I hope they start to look after the working people a bit better, if things don't pick up soon then I'm going to have to call it a day and work from home.

"I didn't really like any of the leaders, but I think we should give Boris a shot and see if we can deliver what he's promising."

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There was still an air of scepticism from a few residents and businesses.

Matthew Simplay, aged 37 owner of Simplay Rugs in West Bromwich Indoor Market

Matthew Simplay, aged 37 who has worked in the area for more than a decade, said: "Obviously this was a Labour constituency for so long, so I don't know what it will bring to be honest, but I don't think there will be any real changes as it's been a Conservative majority in the country for nearly 10 years.

"A lot of people are passionate about the NHS and we don't know what will happen to that especially with Brexit coming, but the people have spoken and that's all I can say."

Mr Mohammed, aged 37, freelance graphic designer from Oldbury

Mr Mohammed, a freelance graphic designer aged 37 from Oldbury, added: "Boris Johnson won, I think a lot was down to Brexit. Although a lot of people I spoke to to voted remain. But at the end of the day people want it done.

"I have mixed feelings, the vote has ended the way it has. I just hope it is good for the country and good for us."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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