Looking Back at History! -Arguing the Case for Rapid Transit.

I have long believed in having a rapid transit system for Wolverhampton and the West Midlands. I have done a lot to create the conditions and the arguments over decades for the construction of a Light Rail System.

This was taken at the Labour Party Conference back in the early 80’s.

I was lighter and younger, then, and that could be said of John Prescott MP!

Also in the picture is Ken Longmore of the WMPTE – Ken was a great man. I learned a lot from him. Former journalist, a conservative by nature. But a very loyal and brilliant Press Man the right person to have at your side in a difficult position. We had lots of difficult times. But Ken always lightened the mood with an awful joke or story!

I got on very well with John and in later years went to work with him for a few months after I lost my seat in 1992. We remain friends to this day.


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more