Five hopefuls go head-
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