To-head for your vote
“I support investment in our NHS by using a Mansion Tax to help fund extra doctors and more nurses; a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours and ensuring the maximum wait for cancer tests and results is one week.
“Low pay is a massive issue. The number of people working in zero-hours contract jobs has increased significantly and 3,500 working families in Macclesfield have seen their tax credits cut. I will tackle low pay by increasing the minimum wage to £8 and end exploitative zero hours contracts.
“As someone who rents myself and doesn’t see any prospect of owning a home, I know we need to build more affordable houses. Labour created the greenbelt and it is important that we focus on regenerating our communities by adopting a ‘brownfield first’ policy. A Labour government will legislate for three-year tenancies and an end to excessive rent increases.
“Macclesfield town centre reflects the challenges that small businesses face. I support a cut to small business rates rather than a reduction in tax on large corporations. I will work with the new Macclesfield Town Council to focus on regenerating the town in the way that local people and businesses want.
“Finally I will support families by increasing free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours and support young people by reducing tuition fees to £6,000 per year.” ●● DAVID Rutley is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
“Since being elected in 2010, I have taken positive action for local residents and campaigned hard for Macclesfield and local communities. Boosting the local economy and creating more jobs are vital priorities. Good progress is being made, with unemployment falling by over 40 per cent in Macclesfield in the last year.
“I am working closely with AstraZeneca to ensure that there continues to be a positive future at its Macclesfield site. As a member of the successful Alderley Park Taskforce, I helped bring over 300 jobs to the site and secure £20m life science funding.
“Regenerating Macclesfield town centre is another clear priority. I helped establish the Make It Macclesfield Forum and actively work to revitalise the town centre. I continue to support small businesses and promote apprenticeships to help more young people develop their skills.
“I am strongly committed to keeping vital health services at Macclesfield Hospital. With our fast-ageing population, it’s important that local health and social services are better joined up to provide the care that residents need.
“I helped secure £16.4 million Growth Deal funding for the Poynton Relief Road and will work to get this key project completed. I am also committed to protecting our Green Belt and rolling out superfast broadband to our villages.
“It’s a real honour to have worked hard as Macclesfield’s MP for the last five years for local communities and residents. I am now seeking your support to go on representing Macclesfield and take forward this important work in the next Parliament.”
●● David Rutley
●● Tim Roca