Time to de­cide

With the snap Gen­eral Elec­tion just weeks away the can­di­dates have now been con­firmed. TOM HER­BERT and KATY CLIFTON round up who will be stand­ing in the Bea­cons­field and Che­sham and Am­ser­ahm con­stituen­cies

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CHE­SHAM AND AMERSHAM Ch­eryl Gil­lan – Con­ser­va­tive

Ch­eryl Gil­lan has been Con­ser­va­tive MP for 25 years and was Sec­re­tary of State for Wales from 2010 to 2012.

Mrs Gil­lan, who has been vo­cal in Par­lia­ment about HS2, re­cently spoke about her con­cerns for the “en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive” lo­cal ar­eas.

“The Chilterns is the clos­est Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty to Lon­don and as such it con­trib­utes hugely to air qual­ity,” she said.

“Al­though ex­pan­sion at Heathrow Air­port will be wel­come eco­nomic news for my con­stituents, I have also ex­pressed cau­tion be­cause of the po­ten­tial for en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, which would in­clude the air qual­ity con­cerns.”

The MP also called for an in­quiry into HS2’s deal­ings af­ter the com­pany’s former con­trac­tor dropped the deal af­ter a con­flict of in­ter­est row.

Nina Dluzewska – Labour Party

Nina Dluzewska, a mother-of-two, has been an­nounced as Labour’s Gen­eral Elec­tion can­di­date in Che­sham and Amersham.

The Labour can­di­date said she will be fight­ing the cam­paign on employment, education, health care and equal­ity is­sues.

Mrs Dluzewska is ea­ger to be­come the MP af­ter be­ing in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics for many years.

She said: “Af­ter seven years of in­volve­ment in lo­cal pol­i­tics, in­clud­ing run­ning the Re­main cam­paign dur­ing last year’s referendum, I am proud to have been cho­sen to fight in my lo­cal seat.”

Mrs Dluzewska added she will be “proac­tive in chal­leng­ing the Tory county coun­cil when they let peo­ple down”.

Peter Jones – Lib­eral Demo­crat

The Lib­eral Democrats have se­lected Peter Jones, the group leader on Chiltern District Coun­cil, as its Gen­eral Elec­tion can­di­date.

Mr Jones has served on the coun­cil since 1991 and, hav­ing pre­vi­ously fought elec­tions in Mil­ton Keynes and Ayles­bury, he is “de­lighted” to rep­re­sent the area where he lives.

He said he does not share the gov­ern­ment view on Brexit, adding:”We need to stay in the sin­gle mar­ket”.

Apart from Brexit, Mr Jones is keen to see bet­ter broadband and mo­bile phone cov­er­age through­out the area.

He added: “It’s ridicu­lous, we’re 35 miles from Trafal­gar Square yet in many rural ar­eas there is no sig­nal. In 2017, that’s not good enough”.

Alan Booth – Green Party

Alan Booth, who was elected the area’s first Green coun­cil­lor in May 2015, has lived in Che­sham with his fam­ily for 12 years.

Mr Booth’s num­ber one con­cern is the un­der­fund­ing of the NHS and its creep­ing pri­vati­sa­tion, but he also is pas­sion­ate about sus­tain­abil­ity and clean and re­new­able en­ergy.

Mr Booth said: “I am a pas­sion­ate Euro­pean citizen and still deeply in mourn­ing at the EU Referendum re­sult.

“But I am still fight­ing the EU’s corner and will ar­gue that Brexit can be stopped.”

On car­bon-use, he said: “We need to see our prac­ti­cal poli­cies raised in the public’s mind and build on the suc­cesses of our air qual­ity cam­paign­ing.

“We also need to fo­cus on how in­di­vid­u­als can re­duce their car­bon foot­print es­pe­cially in an econ­omy of ris­ing en­ergy bills.”

David Mea­cock – (UKIP)

David Mea­cock, rep­re­sent­ing UKIP, is a former county and district coun­cil­lor.

He spent 16 years serv­ing as a Chiltern District Coun­cil­lor and eight as a Bucks County Coun­cil­lor be­fore de­fect­ing from the Con­ser­va­tives.

Mr Mea­cock said he will “cam­paign strongly against Green Belt De­vel­op­ment” and will fight for in­creased funding for schools and high­ways.

The can­di­date, who was anti-HS2, said: ““HS2 will cre­ate a scar on our cur­rently beau­ti­ful coun­try­side.

“With all other means of stop­ping HS2 hav­ing been ex­hausted, I urge peo­ple to take this last chance to vote against this HS2 dev­as­ta­tion by vot­ing for me as a can­di­date.”

BEA­CONS­FIELD Do­minic Grieve – Con­ser­va­tive

Do­minic Grieve has been the Con­ser­va­tive MP for Bea­cons­field since 1997.

The trained QC served as At­tor­ney Gen­eral from May 2010 to July 2014 and took an anti-Brexit stance in last year’s referendum.

He wel­comed Mrs

May’s de­ci­sion to hold the Gen­eral Elec­tion, say­ing she was right to an­nounce it “given the com­plex­ity of the risk associated with Brexit.”

In a mes­sage to his con­stituents be­fore Par­lia­ment was dis­solved he wrote: “I ac­cept the re­sult of the 2016 Referendum.

“I there­fore strongly sup­port the Prime Min­is­ter’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to se­cure a ne­go­ti­ated ar­range­ment for leav­ing the EU and for forg­ing a new trad­ing re­la­tion­ship for the future, pro­vid­ing cer­tainty for trade and busi­ness whilst giv­ing us con­trol of mi­gra­tion and re­leas­ing us from the di­rect ef­fect of EU Law.

“I also be­lieve that the peo­ple of our coun­try will ben­e­fit from a close con­tin­u­ing re­la­tion­ship with a strong EU and I will work to help build these im­por­tant links for our future.”

James English – Labour

James English, who lives in Farn­ham Com­mon, in his cam­paign launch speech said he wants to fight against “empty Tory sound­bites” and for a Labour gov­ern­ment.

He said it is “a time when cuts are on the cards, when real time wages are at their low­est in years and food­banks are feed­ing the na­tion.”

He added:” We’ve got our work cut out.

“I want you to know that I’m here to fight for Labour in this elec­tion and in this con­stituency.

“What I want to achieve across Bea­cons­field is to get our Labour ideas out for the coun­try, out to as many peo­ple as is hu­manely pos­si­ble, to high­light some very im­por­tant is­sues and to con­vince a good hand­ful of peo­ple to con­sider the al­ter­na­tive - a Labour Gov­ern­ment work­ing for the many and not just the few.

Peter Chap­man – Lib­eral Demo­crat

Peter Chap­man, who stood in 2015, will be fight­ing against Theresa May’s hard Brexit, which the party says will “cost jobs and make us all poorer”.

He said: “Half of Bea­cons­field con­stituency’s res­i­dents voted to Re­main in the EU and many more op­pose the reck­less de­ci­sion of this hard-right Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment to pur­sue a hard Brexit.

“Only the Lib Dems here in South Buck­ing­hamshire are truly fight­ing her plans and fought to Re­main.”

“The Labour Party is in an ab­so­lute mess, dis­agree­ing amongst them­selves rather than act­ing as the ef­fec­tive op­po­si­tion this coun­try so needs.”

Rus­sell Secker – Green Party

Rus­sell Secker, from Wooburn Green, stood in 2015 as the Green Party can­di­date in the Brox­bourne con­stituency, Hert­ford­shire and has lived in Bea­cons­field.

A com­puter pro­gram­mer, he taught at War­wick Univer­sity but gave this up in his 50s to care for his el­derly par­ents, vol­un­teer at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and foodbank, write a book and public speak­ing.

Mr Secker is a strong pro­po­nent of green tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing thermo-pho­to­voltaic power gen­er­a­tion, and gen­er­ates all his fam­ily’s elec­tric­ity needs us­ing so­lar roof pan­els.

In a mes­sage on his party’s web­site it reads: “It is no se­cret that all ma­jor par­ties of­fer Bri­tain al­most iden­ti­cal pre­scrip­tions of aus­ter­ity and in­equal­ity, of pri­va­ti­za­tion and de­struc­tion of the NHS and our environment, of war, fear and greed. He strongly be­lieves that we need to of­fer vot­ers through­out the coun­try a vi­able, thought­ful and en­er­getic Green al­ter­na­tive.”

Jon Con­way – UKIP

Jon Con­way, from Ger­rards Cross, joined the party in 2015, be­com­ing Bea­cons­field branch chair­man, coun­cil can­di­date and Vote Leave con­stituency co-or­di­na­tor in his first year.

A theatre pro­ducer by pro­fes­sion, he has staged hun­dreds of pan­tomimes and shows all over the world. He is cam­paign­ing on re­duc­ing im­mi­gra­tion, af­ford­able hous­ing, cutting over­seas aid, help­ing the NHS, anti-HS2 and leav­ing the EU.

His cam­paign lit­er­a­ture reads: “Ar­ti­cle 50 al­ways meant leav­ing the sin­gle mar­ket. We are the 5th largest econ­omy in the world and must not be bul­lied by the EU, who have 6 mil­lion jobs and £60 bil­lion net ex­ports re­ly­ing on UK trade.”

David Mea­cok

Alan Booth

Peter Jones

NIna Dluzewska

Ch­eryl Gil­lan

James English

Rus­sell Secker

Do­minic Grieve

Peter Chap­man

Jon Con­way

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