Labour man steps for­ward

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

LABOUR town coun­cil­lor Neil Puttick has con­firmed he will be run­ning in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion for the Mac­cles­field seat.

Mr Puttick, 33, who serves the Mac­cles­field South ward on Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil, will go up against David Rut­ley, who has al­ready an­nounced his in­ten­tion to stand again for the Con­ser­va­tive party.

Mr Puttick, who grew up in Mac­cles­field, has pledged to re­verse ed­u­ca­tion cuts, en­sure ev­ery child gets a free school meal, bring back school buses, safe­guard Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal and pre­vent the pri­vati­sa­tion of the NHS, in­crease ac­cess to coun­selling for those with men­tal health needs and sup­port ex­tra rights at work.”

He said: “I have spo­ken to older peo­ple who have been fund­ing Con­ser­va­tive aus­ter­ity for seven years: sub­si­dis­ing chil­drens’ low-pay jobs and grand­chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion from their hard-earned sav­ings. We can stop it by vot­ing for Labour on June 8.”

The Green Party, Lib­eral Demo­crat and UKIP par­ties are yet to con­firm their can­di­dates.

Prospec­tive MPs will have an op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal di­rectly to vot­ers in a hus­tings event on Thurs­day, May 25.

Hope in North East Cheshire, af­fil­i­ated to Churches To­gether, are host­ing the event at the United Re­formed Church on Park Green from 7-9pm.

You can sub­mit ques­tions for can­di­dates at the door.

Neil Puttick

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