Ellesmere Port & Neston MP - 2017 Candidate Statements
|Published: 8th June 2017 09:05|
There are five candidates standing for the parliamentary seat of Ellesmere Port and Neston at the forthcoming General Election on Thursday June 8th.
AboutMyArea/CH64 invited all candidates to submit a statement of not more than 300 words, and a photo if they wished, to be received by no later than Friday 19th May.
Below you will find all statements received by the deadline, listed in alphabetical order by surname.
This is to give YOU the opportunity to compare candidates side-by-side and make an informed choice at the polling station.
Statements are unedited and photographs have all been reduced to 300 pixels width (depth may vary).
Baker, Steven (Green Party)
Steven BakerAs an education professional I am delighted that the Green Party is committed to developing a system that provides quality, free education for all and promotes social mobility. Our schools are under incredible pressure due to the impact of austerity measures and high stakes accountability measures. A Children's Society report shows that 10% of children and young people aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder.
Having previously worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia I have witnessed first-hand the breakdown of society and the need for a truly representative democratic system where everybody's voice is heard and every vote counted. This can only be made possible through electoral reform of the United Kingdom's unwritten constitution. The Green Party campaigns for this change and is conscious for the need to engage more young people in politics.
The Green Party is wholly democratic and committed to developing a sustainable future with all policy being developed by members. A focus on fossil free, affordable energy sources is crucial in order that we can meet future energy requirements whilst having minimal impact on the environment; to this end it is crucial that future governments invest in a public programme of renewable energy generation, flood defences and building insulation. Locally we should also be concerned at the looming threat posed by fracking including potential water contamination, health hazards and increased air pollution.
Fricker, Fred (UKIP)
UKIP's candidate for Ellesmere Port and Neston is seasoned campaigner Fred Fricker.
Fred FrickerA former councillor for five years he has wide experience of how government and local authorities work and would be dedicated to representing constituents.
An ex-mines rescue worker was attached to the now-closed Cronton Colliery in Knowsley and enjoyed working as part of a dedicated team with the pit lads.
A life-style coach Fred, father of two and grandfather of 6, is now semi-retired but is still known for his hard work and is dedicated and sincere in everything he does.
"I am committed to protecting the Greenbelt and open spaces and on a national level I believe that the immigration system should be fair for all and our border security reinstated.
"We need to recruit 20,000 more police officers and the same number of soldiers to rebuild our Armed Forces and we must put the NHS before foreign aid," said Fred.
"I believe we should fund 20,000 more nurses and 10,000 more doctors and scrap hospital parking fees.
"And it is important that we have a modern and fair democracy with a proportional representation voting system," he added.
Gough, Ed (Liberal Democrat)
Ed GoughI am a University of Bath Physics graduate with a career as a software engineer, I am also a Scout leader and Canoe coach. My career has meant understanding many areas, from car manufacturing to NHS systems.
We have several issues facing us in the coming years, but I am here with a vote of hope.
I will fight to ensure a deal with the EU that allows us to keep talented staff in the NHS. To push for better funding of the NHS, mental health services and social care. Liverpool has proven that joined up services work, we can make it work everywhere.
I will fight to ensure better provisioning of houses, so our children will have somewhere for their children. Good, affordable housing that reuses land so we don't lose our green spaces.
I will fight to ensure the triple lock is kept, this ensures pensions raise by a minimum 2.5%. This means that our families have comfort and dignity in retirement.
I will fight to ensure a more sensible approach to public transport. Where workers are able to get to jobs and where people can access the public services they need.
I will fight to ensure a deal with the EU that protects our manufacturing industry and businesses, one that keeps workers in work and keeps making more jobs.
I will fight for Great Britain to be a beacon of humanity, a great nation that looks after those torn apart by war, famine and disaster.
I will fight for an Open, Tolerant and United country, because that is us at our best.
A vote for me is a vote for hope, for a brighter future. A future I want for my young family, as well as for you and your family. Together we are stronger.
Jones, Nigel (Conservative)
Nigel JonesThe choice we make at this election will have major consequences for families across Neston and beyond.
On June 8th, we are choosing either Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn to be our Prime Minister. A choice between a leader with the strength to secure the best Brexit deal for all of us, and a man who wants to take Britain back to the 1970s.
I believe the choice is clear, and in this election, I'm the only candidate who is standing with Theresa May.
But this election isn't just about who has the strength to lead our country. It's also about who will speak up for our community right here in Neston in the years ahead.
My children and I live in Neston, so I care passionately about the future of our area and I'm determined to keep making it better for all of us.
That's what I've been doing for years - as a resident, a volunteer, and a local Councillor. I've never been the person to sit back and wait for good things to happen, I've always worked hard to make them happen. Over the years, I've raised money for local charities, been a Neston Scout leader, volunteered with the RNLI, and spoken up for our interests on Cheshire West & Chester Council.
And as your MP, I'll take that same passion for community service to Parliament. I'll campaign on the issues that make a difference to our quality of life, from local transport to rural broadband; from fly tipping to supporting local businesses. I won't just shout from the sidelines, but will work with ministers to secure the investment our community needs - in infrastructure and transport, in jobs and skills, and in our local community assets. And I'll back Theresa May as she delivers for Britain.
Madders, Justin (Labour)
It has been a huge privilege to serve as the MP for Neston over the last two years. Since I was elected, I have always sought to be a representative for every part of the constituency and I am proud to defend my record.
I have held a regular advice surgery at NCYC and I've raised over 3,600 cases on behalf of constituents in Neston. No issue has ever been too big or too small.
I have organised regular market stalls, street surgeries and coffee mornings to meet with as many residents as possible, and in December, I arranged a free Christmas meal for elderly residents, with the help of local businesses. I have also built a positive relationship with the Town Council, which has helped to amplify the voice of people in Neston.
When I stood in the last election, I pledged to put improvements to Neston rail services on a national footing and I have done exactly that. Establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Mersey Dee area has been hugely significant in breaking down some of the cross-border issues that have held back progress for so long. I have also kept up the pressure on Ministers, through questions in Parliament and I delivered our petition to the Department for Transport. It is now very likely that thanks to our efforts, a half hourly service will be delivered - a vital stepping stone on the road to delivering electrification.
Finally, I would like to touch upon Brexit and the challenges ahead. Without a strong, experienced representative, the voice of this constituency will be lost. I am the only candidate standing here with a proven track record of fighting for local jobs and investment at the highest level. I hope that I can rely on your support.