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Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS 2015 -

Macclesfield.

“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

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