Can­di­dates named for elec­tion fight

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - ALEX HIB­BERT

TWO of prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates have been se­lected to contest the Mac­cles­field seat at the next Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Neil Christian, 33, will bid to take the Mac­cles­field con­stituency for the Lib­eral Democrats, while Adrian Howard aims to do the same for UKIP.

The seat has been held by Con­ser­va­tive David Rutley since 2010.

They will con­tend for the seat, which has been Tory since 1918, against Mr Rutley, Labour’s can­di­date Tim Roca and Green party can­di­date Joan Plim­mer.

Mr Christian works as a bar­ris­ter from a Manch­ester-based cham­bers and lives in Ch­ester. He grew up on the Isle of Man and has lived in Cheshire for nine years.

He read me­dieval his­tory at St An­drew’s Univer­sity and law at the Col­lege of Law in York and in London.

He has 15 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing and cam­paign­ing with the Lib­eral Democrats in lo­cal and na­tional pol­i­tics.

Mr Christian said: “I was de­lighted to be se­lected to contest the Mac­cles­field seat. If elected as MP, I will fight for bet­ter lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port, hous­ing, NHS ser­vices and schools, and be a pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive voice for the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field at West­min­ster.

“My pri­or­ity in the com­ing months will be to high­light the dan­gers of un­re­stricted cuts to our pub­lic ser­vices as pro­posed by the To­ries, and the risk to our re­cov­er­ing econ­omy posed by Labour’s plans for ir­re­spon­si­ble bor­row­ing.

“The Lib­eral Democrats will con­tinue to ar­gue for a bal­ance be­tween cuts and bor­row­ing. The Lib­eral Democrats and I want a fairer so­ci­ety and a stronger econ­omy, so that ev­ery­one can get on in life.”

UKIP’s can­di­date Adrian Howard, 52, grew up in Chea­dle Hulme, and has lived in Mac­cles­field for seven years with fi­ancée Jane and their daugh­ter.

He works in Manch­ester for a man­u­fac­tur­ing business and has pre­vi­ously worked in the USA, Hol­land and for a Prest­bury ad­ver­tis­ing agency.

David Lan­g­ley, UKIP’s Mac­cles­field chair­man, said: “Adrian Howard’s a lo­cal, a north­erner, and a prac­ti­cal, down to earth fam­ily man. But he’s also an ar­tic­u­late and con­vinc­ing speaker with a de­tailed grasp of pol­icy who’ll re­ally stand up for this town.

“Now UKIP have cho­sen Adrian I be­lieve the peo­ple of our town will soon agree that we’ve found a man who is in tune with them, shares their con­cerns and is ab­so­lutely pas­sion­ate about the is­sues that mat­ter to him and to Mac­cles­field.”

Mr Howard said he was de­ter­mined to win.

He added: “I first came here in the 1980s, so I re­mem­ber the vi­brant town cen­tre Mac­cles­field once was. Like this town, I have seen my fair share of ups and downs since then, from do­ing well in business to more re­cently stand­ing in the job cen­tre des­per­ate for work. That’s why I feel it is es­sen­tial that some­one from the re­gion rep­re­sents this his­toric north­ern town, some­one who un­der­stands this part of the world.”

The Gen­eral Elec­tion is due to take place on Thurs­day, May 7.

●● Adrian Howard is UKIP’s prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­date

●● Neil Christian will contest the seat for the Lib­eral Democrats

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