Two chances to grill elec­tion hope­fuls

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

VOT­ERS will get two chances to grill can­di­dates bat­tling it out for Mac­cles­field seat in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Hust­ings events have been ar­ranged in Poyn­ton on Wed­nes­day, May 24 and in Mac­cles­field on Thursday, May 25.

The first event is be­ing or­gan­ised by Churches To­gether in Poyn­ton at Poyn­ton Bap­tist Church from 7.30pm-9pm.

Can­di­dates will get a few min­utes to in­tro­duce them­selves and ex­plain their key poli­cies, fol­lowed by ques­tions from the pub­lic cov­er­ing lo­cal and na­tional is­sues.

The sec­ond event is be­ing or­gan­ised by Hope in North East Cheshire, af­fil­i­ated to Churches To­gether, at the United Re­formed Church on Park Green from 7pm-9pm.

You can sub­mit ques­tions for can­di­dates at the door.

Can­di­dates in­vited to at­tend both hust­ings in­clude David Rut­ley (Con­ser­va­tive), Neil Puttick (Labour), Richard Flow­ers (Lib Dem), James Booth (Greens) and in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Mark John­son, who was the last to join the race.

The dead­line for can­di­date nom­i­na­tions has now passed.

Mr John­son, a solic­i­tor and for­mer pres­i­dent of Mac­cles­field Roundtable who lives in Mac­cles­field, has pledged to put lo­cal is­sues first in what he calls his ‘Man­i­festo for Macc’.

He said: “I think many peo­ple are sick and tired of ca­reer politi­cians with their games and lies. As an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, I will be truly free to speak out on is­sues that mat­ter to lo­cal peo­ple, un­hin­dered by party man­agers or min­is­te­rial am­bi­tions.

“I have a lot to of­fer with my 23 years’ of pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence of help­ing peo­ple to achieve their goals. It would be a great hon­our to serve the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field as their MP.”

Mr John­son pledged to pro­vide strong lead­er­ship, ‘proper’ fund­ing for schools, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, a new sys­tem for car­ing for older res­i­dents, re­newed fo­cus on the re­gen­er­a­tion of the town cen­tre and to in­tro­duce the ‘Macc Pound’, a new lo­cal cur­rency which can be spent in shops and busi­nesses.

The dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote is Monday, May 22 ahead of the elec­tion which will take place on June 8.

If you have not re­ceived your polling card by May 16, you should con­tact the coun­cil to en­sure you are reg­is­tered.

If you are not al­ready reg­is­tered you can reg­is­ter to vote via the govern­ment’s Gov.UK web­site at www. gov. uk/ reg­is­ter­tovote.

Adrian Spencer

In­de­pen­dent gen­eral elec­tion can­di­date Mark John­son

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