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Rob Thompson, Liberal Democrats – Chester – GE19 candidate

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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.

In this article, we speak to Rob Thompson, standing for the Liberal Democrats in Chester.

 



 

1. What is the main reason you’ve decided to stand in this election?

The main reason I decided to stand in this election is BREXIT.

I am a firm believer that staying in the EU is in the UK’s best interests …. good for jobs; investment; our environment and our regions.

Those who want to leave must explain how our economy will be better by leaving… all we have so far is a imagining that an as yet unidentified army of entrepreneurs and salesmen are going to stride the globe winning new business energised by released potential!

We and I need more information.

This is my childrens future. The Tories want to let the British take back control… let decisions affecting the Uk be taken by the UK and to achieve that we must leave the EU.

Interestingly the Scots want decisions affecting Scotand to be taken by the Scottish people and the best way to achieve that apparently is to join the EU!

You couldn’t make this up!

 

2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?

The local priorities I would take up are :-

Accessible Chester: I would fight for a tram system…

One line going from the business park on the Wrexham Road through the Lache, over the Grosvenor Bridge; through the city and out to the Countess of Chester hospital and ultimately the zoo.

The second line from the Sealand Road park and ride; through the city and out to the Vicars Cross park and ride. Get folks out of their cars and protect the fabric of our city.

Take out St Martins Way and Pepper Street roadways. Let’s connect the city by cycleway and footpath… let’s link the city centre with the river and the centre with the walls. Let’s make the city a walking paradise.

And… build a digital museum… imagine marching with the Roman 20th legion… imagine standing next to King Charles as he watches his troops on Rowton Moor… imagine standing on the Sealand Road terraces when Chester beat Leeds 3 -0 in the League Cup.

Now that would bring families to the city… increasing the footfall and the spend on our high streets.

We must rebuild the Chester economy as retail on the high street is not the answer. Let’s make Chester an exciting place to visit… connected to the zoo and easily accessible.

 

3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?

National priorities: STOP BREXIT

I believe it is hugely damaging to our economy and sets friends across the channel against us. 

We must deal with the ever widening gap between the best off and the least well off. It cannot be right that hard working families have to seek help from foodbanks and/or family and friends in the UK.

We should celebrate hard work with decent wages; ensure the most vulnerable are protected and yes we should celebrate the entrepreneurs.

A country fit for all who look out for one another.

The NHS needs a helping hand… only my party have commiited to raising 1 p on income tax to alleviate some of the strain.

The other parties have wished money but have no accounts to back up their wish list.

Our pledges are credible (Institute of Fiscal Studies) the other two are NOT CREDIBLE according to the same source.

Support the Northern Powerhouse… There is more to this country than London. The North has been neglected and needs regeneration

The Climate Emergency is upon us. Short term invest in trees/solar power and wind farms… medium term invest in research and try and harness the power of the seas. There is no long term option.

I fear household debt is rising and the banks have not learnt from previous calamities. The banks must be better regulated

Please can we have more social housing! Its not that difficult and a 100,000 new homes a year would make a real difference to the quality of families, of communities and our society

 

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?

My party manifesto:

The numbers add up according to independent scrutiny. Tory and Labour do not. So we have transparancy.

I love the emphasis on education… if we are to invest anywhere I would choose the next generation and I am delighted my party have palced their faith and pledge to that.

Our commitment to the environment is evident from our time in government ( solar power subsidy.

Support for on shore wind farms, a Green Investment Bank and continues and develops in a costed and accountable way. Well done we stand alone and proud.

I would like to have seen more about the banking sector. As an economist I see rising household debt, BREXIT uncertainty and the banks lending large multiples of wages to citizens and I fear it will again end in tears.

The banks need to be closely regulated. The PPI scandal cost some £36bn but no one has been prosecuted. This can’t be right.

 

5. Please tell us a little about yourself.

(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)

I was born and educated in Chester, gained a degree in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University… joined ICI plc after a brief spell with Nat West and finished my career as HR director for a multinational chemical company based in Runcorn.

I have been a school governor; trustee of several charities; chair of a community centre; parish, city and borough councillor.

I have supported Chester FC since I was a lad.

I have taken part in archaeological digs in Chester. I am married with children and grandchildren.

 

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