We are providing all 39 parliamentary candidates across Cheshire the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.
We’ve asked the same five questions of each candidate, for the simplest comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.
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1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?
I’m a local, working mum of three who has been proud to call Congleton constituency home for the past ten years. I have raised my family here and my children attend local schools.
During the past ten years I have seen the impact austerity has had on this constituency.
I have witnessed our public services decimated, our high streets vacated by retailers, our NHS struggling to meet demand and food bank usage soar.
This is unacceptable and it is time for real change. Congleton deserves more. I will work tirelessly for everyone in our community, for proper funding, for the environment and for a positive future.
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
I have spoken to thousands of residents in Congleton constituency over the past few months and it is clear that there are many issues that people feel strongly about.
One of my key priorities would be to address local transport and infrastructure.
Residents in Middlewich are frustrated that the promised bypass has still not been delivered and we have seen so many of our bus services cut.
Buses are an essential part of our community, It is vital that we protect them. My “Save the Buses” campaign successfully helped to save some routes from Conservative cuts.
I would continue to fight for and improve these crucial services and would pledge a commitment to the people of Middlewich that I would push for the bypass to be commenced without further delay.
Our NHS is in crisis. I previously worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS and have seen the devastating effects austerity has had.
Cuts to services, backdoor privatisation and stress on NHS staff must stop.
I campaigned to keep the minor injuries unit at Congleton War Memorial Hospital open and as an MP I would continue to fight for more investment in local NHS services.
Climate change poses a monumental threat to our planet. As a passionate climate and animal welfare campaigner, I have recently been involved in fighting the badger cull.
Labour will end the cull and support farmers to fight bovine tuberculosis by biosecurity and vaccination.
As a Labour candidate, and an owner of an ethical and sustainable small business, I am proud of Labour’s Green New Deal.
This deal will create 450,000 green industry jobs over the next ten years – in renewable energy and green technology, helping to replace the 21% cut in manufacturing jobs in the North West over the last 9 years.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
Education empowers us all to reach our full potential. That’s why Labour pledges to create a ‘cradle to grave’ education system, free at the point of use.
In the last nine years I have witnessed funding to my children’s schools slashed, staff redundancies and decimated special educational needs provision… on average £291 has been cut per child in Congleton constituency.
As your MP, I will strive to ensure that all children in Congleton constituency have access to well funded schools, quality teaching and the SEN provision they need.
Labour created the NHS and we will protect it. We will guarantee fair pay for nurses and midwives, block backdoor privatisation and abolish all prescription charges.
We will provide free social care and improve mental health services.
Investment in services will ensure more appointments, lower waiting times and that help reaches all those who need it.
I welcome our pledges on the NHS and would work hard to ensure that they are implemented here in Congleton constituency.
4. What is it about your party and/or its manifesto that makes you proud to represent your party? Are there any manifesto pledges or commitments you’d like to see changed?
I am incredibly proud to be standing as the Labour Party candidate for Congleton in this election.
Our manifesto puts people before profit and addresses the real issues affecting our society.
Our manifesto contains robust, policies that protect and advance the lives of ordinary people.
Successive governments have let down Congleton and held us all back. Austerity is a failed project that has decimated our towns and suffocated our economy.
Labour will put more money in your back pocket, invest in your kids’ future, compensate Waspi women, abolish tuition fees, and end the NHS crisis.
Labour will care for you and your loved ones in old age and build the homes we need. We will restore funding back into our public services, police, NHS, education and fire services.
This is our last chance to tackle the climate emergency with a Green Industrial Revolution at the heart of our manifesto.
The choice at this election is clear, after nine years of failure, do you want more of the same or do you want real change for Congleton constituency?
A vote for me, Jo Dale, is a vote for a better Congleton and for the future our children deserve.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
I’m Jo Dale, from Alsager.
A working mum of three great children and proud wife to my hugely supportive husband and best friend Pete. I am an experienced community organiser and Alsager town councillor.
I have worked as a physiotherapist in NHS hospitals, seeing the difference the service makes every day to support people’s recovery.
I have worked in children’s centres and am pleased that Labour have pledged to invest in these wonderful provisions.
I now run my own sustainable small business, which is underpinned by environmental and fair-trade principles. In addition to this, I put on several vegan and craft markets in the area.
I enjoy spending time campaigning about issues close to my heart.
Animal welfare and climate change feature prominently in my life and am lucky to be surrounded by wonderful family and friends who share my passions.
I enjoy spending time with my children, walking our family dog and going to local gigs.
Most importantly, I am an ordinary, working mum who lives in and loves Congleton constituency.
Further links (as supplied by the candidate)
Twitter – @Dale4Congleton
Facebook – @JoDaleLabour
Email – [email protected]