Five hope­fuls go head-

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS 2015 -

FIVE can­di­dates are bat­tling it out to be­come Macclesfield’s next MP.

Con­ser­va­tive David Rut­ley hopes to win back the seat he claimed with a large ma­jor­ity in 2010, when vet­eran MP Sir Ni­cholas Win­ter­ton stepped down af­ter nearly 40 years.

The con­stituency has had Tory lead­er­ship since 1918.

But his op­po­nents – Tim Roca from Labour, Lib­eral Demo­crat Neil Chris­tian, Adrian Howard from UKIP and the Green Party’s Joan Plimmer – want to per­suade vot­ers that Macclesfield is ready for change.

In the 2010 elec­tion, Mr Rut­ley won 23,503 votes, which was 47 per cent of the vote.

There was a turnout of 50,059. This was a ma­jor­ity of 11,959 votes, with Lib­eral Demo­crat Roger Bar­low in sec­ond place with 11,544 votes, a 23.1pc share.

Labour’s Adrian Heald got 10,164 votes, In­de­pen­dent Bren­dan Mur­phy won 2,590 votes, Jacqueline Smith from UKIP had 1,418 votes and John Knight from the Green Party had 840 votes. There was a 3.1pc swing from Con­ser­va­tive to Lib­eral Demo­crat.

In 2005 the Con­ser­va­tive share was 49.6pc, with Labour at 29pc and the Lib Dems at 19.5pc.

Be­low we hear from the five can­di­dates. set­tle and be se­cure in the con­stituency for years to come. Cam­paign­ing for the ex­ten­sion of ru­ral broad­band will not only help cre­ate jobs but also im­prove peo­ple’s qual­ity of life in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“The con­stituents of Macclesfield need a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment who will lis­ten, un­der­stand their con­cerns and fight for them at West­min­ster. I be­lieve I have the ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity to take on this re­spon­si­ble job and de­liver for the con­stituents of Macclesfield.” ●● ADRIAN Howard, 52, is the UKIP Macclesfield Par­lia­men­tary Can­di­date. He has lived in Macclesfield for seven years with his part­ner Jane and their daugh­ter. He pre­vi­ously lived in Poyn­ton for 11 years and works for a man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness in Manch­ester.

“You only need to look at Mill Street to see that Macclesfield needs change. The town cen­tre needs a wide va­ri­ety of in­de­pen­dent shops, a green gro­cers and butch­ers among them. But high rates, rents and park­ing charges have killed off the shops and put new ones off open­ing.

“Elect­ing a UKIP MP will put Macclesfield in the spot­light – if elected I in­tend to keep it there.

“Born in Manch­ester, I grew up in Chea­dle Hulme, first com­ing to Macclesfield in the 1980s, so I re­mem­ber the vi­brant town cen­tre it once was. I lived in Poyn­ton for 11 years and now Macclesfield for the last seven. Our daugh­ter at­tends a lo­cal school.

“I cur­rently work in Manch­ester for a large man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness and have pre­vi­ously worked in Bos­ton USA, Hol­land, Manch­ester and lo­cally for an ad­ver­tis­ing agency in Prest­bury.

“Like most peo­ple I have seen my fair share of ups and downs, from do­ing well in busi­ness to stand­ing in the job cen­tre des­per­ate for work. I have also suf­fered se­ri­ous crime so I know how that feels too.

“I am stand­ing, quite sim­ply, be­cause I got sick of shout­ing at the TV, at politi­cians who all look the same, think the same and have no idea what it’s like in the real world.” ●● JOAN Plimmer is stand­ing for the Green Party.

She has lived in Dis­ley for 21 years, and has three teenage chil­dren. She works full time for a Stock­port ac­coun­tancy firm.

“I joined the Green Party be­cause I be­lieve strongly in so­cial jus­tice for all, pro­tec­tion for an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment. I am stand­ing for Par­lia­ment be­cause I want ev­ery­one to have af­ford­able homes, a living wage, sus­tain­able travel and a free NHS; and to take ac­tion lo­cally and glob­ally to en­sure sur­vival of the planet and all who live upon it.

“Macclesfield coun­cil should be fully funded to pro­vide the ser­vices we need, free so­cial care for older peo­ple, sup­port for dis­ad­van­taged groups and im­proved men­tal health ser­vices.

“New af­ford­able pri­vate homes and coun­cil houses should be built on brown­field sites with any sold un­der ‘right to buy’ be­ing re­placed. Schools should be prop­erly funded and fa­cil­i­ties im­proved.

“To re­duce car jour­neys, and there­fore pol­lu­tion, lo­cal bus ser­vices should be cheaper and timeta­bles ex­tended to cover late evenings and Sun­days. Walk­ing and cy­cling should be en­cour­aged and made safer. Our trains should be re­na­tion­alised.

“To raise funds the Green Party will close tax loop­holes, tackle tax avoid­ance and eva­sion sav­ing around £120 bil­lion yearly. We want ad­di­tional taxes on wealth, fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions, and the top rate of in­come tax to be 60pc. We won’t re­place Tri­dent, build roads or HS2, sub­sidise oil and gas or frack­ing.

“We won’t sign TTIP and lose our hard won rights.

“We won’t hunt foxes or kill badgers.

“Join us for a peace­ful po­lit­i­cal revo­lu­tion #VoteGreen2015.” ●● TIM Roca is Labour’s Par­lia­men­tary Can­di­date.

“It’s time for a change in Macclesfield. Be­low I’ve out­lined my key pledges and why they are im­por­tant is­sues for

●● Adrian Howard

●● Neil Chris­tian

●● Joan Plimmer

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