For your election vote
PUT your trust in me as an independent MP and I will focus on the key priorities. Whatever the national picture may bring – we have some big challenges to tackle. I won’t be afraid to speak out. My 23 years in law and governance has taught me the importance of fairness, transparency and standing up for what is right. My priorities would be:
Invest in our young people – fight harder to get our share of national school funding and look at new ways to make the money go further locally.
Create a new Education and Achievement Trust covering the whole areathat would harness the brightest minds and exceptional local talent to teach the new skills and attitudes needed to grow and prosper in a post- Brexit, hi-tech skilled economy.
Care for our elderly – a mark of a civilised society is how well we care for our senior citizens. They are people who have scrimped and saved, paid their NI and have right to feel protected: not fearful of what future social care costs they may have to face. Health and social care needs to be joinedup, so that older people are supported to live independently at home. A time bank system could incentivise local people to contribute a few hours every month.
Regenerate the town centre –Planning applications come and go, rumours and indecision abound. Landowners sit on property and let it rot. Future development should include cultural attractions – cinema and performance space – so we can harness the rich talent in music and performing arts locally and build on the success of our markets, festivals and local heritage. Let’s make Macclesfield a destination of choice, regionally and nationally.
By voting independent, we can focus on local issues and create a common vision – together we can achieve great things in Macclesfield. LISTENING to local people. Creating a brighter politics for Macclesfield. We make our area what it is. Now together we can all benefit from building a stronger economy and society.
Your Town. Your Say. Getting on making our town centres vibrant, liveable and accessible to all. Increasing “Macctivity” with greater support for groups and clubs to build facilities and run events across the area.
Your Homes. Building smart, affordable housing closer to services, amenities and community. Ending the unnecessary attacks on our green space and playing fields.
Your Hospital. Your Care.
Seven years of austerity has been expensive: cuts have hit our savings and left Britain more in debt. Labour can prove we care for our NHS. We offer costed solutions that improve our everyday lives: integrated aftercare so our most vulnerable are not left in expensive hospital beds. Security and dignity for older people guaranteeing a free bus pass and Winter Fuel Allowance for all.
Your Schools. Labour will provide high quality childcare so parents can work. An end to means-tested bureaucracies denying children a square meal. A full stop to the senseless cuts to our excellent schools, due in 2017.
Your Business. Your Job. New regional banks that lend to selfemployed and small businesses with ideas and initiative. Restoring your rights at work, ensuring new jobs are good jobs with pay, conditions and security. Keeping markets open for farming, a decent price on produce, ending rural poverty.
A Macclesfield open to the world, keeping our strong economic links to Europe and opportunities for people to travel and do business. Continued support for research and technology. Funding necessary re-training and upgrading so industry can prepare for automation, climate change and Brexit.
Your Local Labour Candidate. Taking Real Action. Standing up in Parliament for the many not the few.