I visited West Midlands town where people have 'never known it so bad'

Tamworth played a major role in the unravelling of the Boris Johnson government - years later, but still under Tory rule, people say they've never known things 'so bad'. BirminghamLive visited the centre of the key battleground this general election and found a host of concerns - particularly on immigration and the NHS.

In the lead-up to the general election on July 4, BirminghamLive is speaking to people across the region to find out what matters most to them as part of the 5000 Voices project, a Reach-wide initiative aimed at deepening the coverage of key constituencies during the General Election.

Standing near St Editha's Parish Church in the town centre, Barbara, 80 expressed her dismay at the current state of the NHS, describing it as "disgusting" due to the long waiting times for treatments. She added: "I have never seen it so bad".

Immigration was another topic that Barbara felt strongly about. She voiced her concern over the influx of immigrants arriving on UK shores.

She said: "They're coming here in droves, stepping on to the sand and they're here". The downfall of Boris Johnson started in Tamworth, after he failed to deal with the scandal evolving around MP Chris Pincher.

When asked about her views on the current government, Barbara admitted she has always been Conservative and liked Johnson. However, she feels let down by his departure and other recent political developments.

When asked about Rishi Sunak, she admits to being unsure about him and was critical about leaving early for skipping events to mark the 80th anniversary of the Allied landings to return home for an interview with ITV.

Jonny Richardson, 75 is an undecided voter, he said "I think some the asylum seekers get a better deal than British people". He added that the NHS was a major factor for him, as his life had been saved twice.

Dennis, 70 a life-long conservative voter said that the prime minister didn't 'understand ordinary people'. Ken Ryder, 83 agreed and said "he's just not in touch with people, he doesn’t know what he’s doing himself and he's let the NHS go to pieces".

Despite the concerns of people in Tamworth, data from the Migration Conservatory shows immigrants are a net benefit to the UK economy. They also play a key role in public institutions like the NHS.

The candidates standing in the Tamworth constituency for the 2024 General Election are: