Questions for Parliamentary candidates 2015 - Part 1

With just six weeks to go before one of Glossop's biggest elections for a generation, candidates of major parties have declared their intention to stand for parliament. The final date for registration of candidates for parliamentary and local elections is  April 9th, details available here. Our first set of questions for candidates are:

1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?


Andrew Bingham (Conservative)

1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
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I was born in the High Peak and have lived here all my life. I am a frequent visitor to Glossop."

2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
"No policy which prohibits children who are resident in here in the High Peak from accessing education could be described as being good for our area.     People  are understandably concerned about immigration and the burden that it places on our public services.  For more than a decade, the last Government failed to control immigration and 2.5 million more people came to this country than left. This put a strain on the local schools, council services and health care people rely on. The way to tackle this is to crack down on those here illegally and work to reduce net migration, not seek to disadvantage children who are already here and will make a contribution in their own time to our country. "

3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
"I do not have private health insurance and have always relied on the National Health Service".

4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?
"I believe that there should be a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU and I have long advocated that. I regret that the two attempts by the Conservatives to legislate for this during this Parliament has been prevented by the actions of the Labour and Liberal Democrats, however David Cameron has been clear that if there is a Conservative Government after the General Election then there will be a straight in out referendum by the end of 2017. By that time, he will have looked to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership and it will be those terms that will be put to the British people in a straight question. There are those who say he will not achieve any concessions, I disagree with this, however whether he does or not or whether they are sufficient will be decided by the British people in the referendum. I will decide my own position when I see what the new deal looks like and whether I feel the changes are sufficient. I believe the referendum will be a good opportunity for both sides of the argument to articulate their views and we can have a proper open national debate over an issue that has dogged Parliament for several years and will continue to do so until people have their say."

Caitlin Bisknell (Labour)
1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
"I have lived in High Peak for 24 years.  It varies, but on average once or twice a week."

2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
"No."

3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
No I do not and have not used private healthcare in the UK.

4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?
No.

Charlotte Farrell (Green)

1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
I have lived in the High Peak for 5 years.  I visit Glossop from time to time and would like to visit more often because of the independent shops it has; but unfortunately I live the wrong side of the snake pass in terms of its accessibility, I live in Bamford, Hope Valley.  There is no direct public transport from the Sheffield side to Glossop meaning the only way of getting there is by private car which I try to limit the use of.


2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
No  I cannot see what purpose it would solve and would only marginalise further the already marginalised and vulnerable.  Furthermore, the right to an education is a fundamental human right. 



3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
 I have never and would never use private healthcare.  I worked for 20 years in the NHS as a nurse and am totally committed to it.



4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?
No


Ian Guiver (UKIP)

1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
In 1999 we decided to leave London and move to the High Peak so that I could take up a job opportunity in Cheshire and to provide our children with a better environment in which to grow up. We do a lot of walking in the Glossop area and visit friends and shop in the town  a couple of times a month.

2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
I would absolutely guarantee school places to the children of parents who have already migrated to the UK. However the National Union of Teachers points to research carried out by Labour and others and makes it clear that we have a crisis of school places in this country. UKIP thinks that people who migrate here in future should not expect to 'take out' until they have 'put in' by paying taxes. So apart, of course, from emergency medical care we would expect new immigrants to make their own medical and educational arrangements for the first five years of their residency in the UK.

3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
My current company has always provided private health insurance for me and my family. I have never made use of this though like the majority of people of working age I do now of course pay for some aspects of my healthcare such as dental care, eye tests and glasses. My insurance means that my family draw less on the resources of the health service but we do continue to pay our full share towards it. That is how it should be in a civilised country: Healthcare provided to all according to their need and paid for according to ability to pay.

4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?
Yes. We can't have a democracy as long as we are in the EU because 70% of our laws are made by people that we cannot sack through the ballot box. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the area of immigration. The government promised to get control of the numbers but they can't because they are no longer in charge of UK immigration. So 5000 people are coming here every week placing huge strain on our healthcare, schools, housing, transport, police and infrastructure. We haven't got the facilities to accommodate a rise in population of 300,000 every year and even if we did, many of the most beautiful parts of our country would disappear under concrete. The swathes of new housing on green fields around the town and the shortage of school places bear testament to this.
Britain needs a free trade relationship with the EU just like Switzerland where they make their own laws but trade with the countries of the EU and have a trade surplus, while we have a trade deficit. People are worried about job security if we leave because of the scaremongering of the LibDems, Labour and Tories. The facts show that we have nothing to fear. You've only got to look on the roads, in your kitchen or the garden shed to see how much the EU sells to us. In fact we have a huge trade deficit with them. Why wouldn't they want to carry on trading with us? Add to that the £10 billion that we still pay to be a member of the EU club and it is easy to say why we would be better off out.
If you elect me then as a UKIP MP for a High Peak I will be able to wield a great deal of influence on your behalf and I shall use it to force a real referendum and to stop uncontrolled immigration from the EU.


Stephen Worrall (Liberal Democrats)

1. How long have you lived in the High Peak and how often do you visit Glossop?
I have lived in the High Peak my entire life, from 1990 up until now, apart from September 2008 to August 2009 when I lived in Manchester Central during the 1st year of my undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Manchester. I lived first in Hadfield and then Simmondley with my parents and now live in Charlesworth with my girlfriend. Living in Charlesworth I am obviously in and out of Glossop all the time, it is where we shop, where we socialise with our friends, it’s where my girlfriend works, basically I wouldn’t really say we “visit” Glossop more that we live there!

2. Would the banning of migrant children from state funded education be good for the High Peak?
Absolutely and categorically no. Banning migrant children from state funded education here in High Peak, or anywhere else, would not only be unjust, unfair and against any decent persons concept of an equal society for all it would also be hugely counterproductive. I believe that one of the major causes of tension between different ethnic groups is poor integration between them and schools do so much to help integration. If all children from an area, no matter what socioeconomic group they come from, all attend the same schools then I firmly believe that this integration teaches our children about both the differences and similarities between themselves and others and makes them into much more tolerant and understanding adults. The Liberal Democrats also think that schools can play an even bigger role in helping their communities integrate and we are committed to encouraging schools with high numbers of children with English as a second language to lost English lessons for their parents as well.

3. Do you now, or have you ever, used private healthcare in the UK? If so, how can you demonstrate commitment to the NHS?
I do not currently use private healthcare in the UK but I have in the past when I was a child. The company my father worked for included as part of his employment package private healthcare for him and his immediate family. As a result when I was 6 years old and had my tonsils removed and when I was in my early teens and ingrowing toenails removed these procedures were performed privately. Whilst I appreciated the care I received in these instances I would hope that it is clear that as a child I did not exactly have all that much say over what happened, particularly at 6 years old, and that I was not even that aware of whether the care I was receiving was provided by the private sector or the NHS. I hope therefore that this would not be counted against me in terms of demonstrating my commitment to the NHS, which I now as an adult use and I believe used on plenty of occasions as a child as well.

4. If there was a referendum tomorrow would you vote to leave the EU?    
No I would not vote to leave the EU if there was a referendum tomorrow. The EU is not perfect, nothing ever is, and whilst there are things about the EU that are not to like there are many things that are. I firmly believe the benefits of being in the EU outweigh the disadvantages and by remaining as members we will be able to work to further improve and reform the EU from the inside.

 

 

Read earlier questions to 2015 Parliamentary candidates here:

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1358-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-part-5

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1336-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-4

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1325-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-part-3

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1312-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-2

http://glossopgazette.co.uk/2015-elections/1281-questions-for-parliamentary-candidates-2015-part-1

 

 

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