Call­ing all 18 to 24-year-olds – this is your seven-day count­down

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BRI­TAIN goes to the polls one week to­day for the snap elec­tion called by Theresa May. It could be said this is all about Brexit – cer­tainly the re­sult of next Thurs­day’s elec­tion will shape the way this coun­try deals with leav­ing the Euro­pean Union. But, as with any Gen­eral Elec­tion, there is more to it than that. It is about ev­ery as­pect of your life and your fu­ture. So this is a mes­sage for all the young vot­ers out there

If you plan to con­tinue study­ing – vote If you ever want to work – vote If you ever want to have a fam­ily – vote If you want to buy goods or ser­vices – vote If you want some con­trol over your fu­ture – vote You CAN have a say Your vote DOES mat­ter

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 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.

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.

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 is also 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.”

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.

He said: “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 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.”

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 deci- sion 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.”

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 tech- nolo­gies, in­clud­ing ther-mopho­to­voltaic power gen­er­a­tion, and gen­er­ates all his fam­ily’s elec­tric­ity needs us­ing so­lar roof pan­els.

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.

Make sure you have your say on June 8

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