A MAN who blew the whistle on poor care for the elderly at a South Shields nursing home wants to be the town’s next MP.
Phil Brown has thrown his hat into the ring to contest the May 2 by-election.
The 58-year-old will be representing the Independent Socialist Party as voters go to the polls to elect David Miliband’s replacement.
Born and raised in Horsley Hill, South Shields, Mr Brown is the son of former Mayor of South Tyneside Kathy Brown.
He was also the man behind the coastal marking scheme along the cliff tops, which has helped assist sea rescue attempts by people using the emergency markers to accurately pinpoint the scene of an accident.
In 2005, he also blew the whistle on failings in care given to residents of privately owned Bamburgh Court Care Home in South Shields.
Mr Brown, a nurse with the NHS for the past 35 years, said: “My track record speaks for itself. I care not only about South Shields as a town but also the people who live here.
“Throughout my life I have shown true commitment to the town, its people and the safety of those people.”
The former Territorial Army officer says, if elected, he will defend the NHS as one of his main priorities including fighting for the return of the long-stay Children’s Ward at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Mr Brown, of Leafield Crescent, South Shields, added: “I firmly believe in defending the NHS. And I want to see a return of children’s ward at the hospital.
“I was against the plans then and I want to get it back in South Shields.
“I also want to see more help and support given to rehabilitate our armed forces personnel when they come back from active duty or re-entering the civilian community.”
Other issues close to Mr Brown’s heart include campaigning for more apprenticeships and better jobs for the young people of the borough.
Mr Brown is one of nine people hoping to secure the seat which has been left vacant by Mr Miliband.