For your elec­tion vote

Macclesfield Express - - GENERAL ELECTION 2017 - MARK JOHN­SON, IN­DE­PEN­DENT NEIL PUTTICK, LABOUR

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.

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