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?
At the time of the referendum I decided to vote leave on the basis that although I thought there was still, just, an arguable case for membership currently, I knew from experience of working regularly in Brussels with the Commission and other EU institutions, that the EU is a moving target.
Ever closer union acts as a ratchet effect so the EU of the future would be very different from its form today and in my view increasingly incompatible with UK interests.
I concluded therefore that if it was going to be in our interests in the long run to leave, better to leave now.
I would however have been entirely content to accept the result of the referendum had it gone the other way so I was shocked to see the way parliament and the main political parties worked to obstruct the delivery of Brexit in any form that the voters would have recognised.
I regarded this as a betrayal of democracy and it was for this reason that I put my name forward as a candidate for the Brexit Party.
For me it is all about democracy and respecting the will of the people.
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
The local priorities I would be particularly keen to champion would include:
1) Our local infrastructure including the roads, rail, and bus routes. Integration between different modes of transport and the standard of maintenance and service levels both frequency and reliability which all require investment. I’ll support elimination of the tolls on the Mersey crossing
2) Most constituents in Weaver Vale have to travel considerable distances to access hospital care.
As well as a broader investment in NHS capacity, which I would support at the national level, I would like to see specific support for access where hospital facilities are more remote.
This would include increased funding for GP surgeries in such areas to compensate for the reduced access to hospital services.
Improved public transport provision to and from the main hospitals covering the constituency.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
1) reform of immigration to drastically reduce the number of low skilled migrants that come to this country, introducing a points-based system
2) reforming our institutions to restore trust including the House of Lords and the Supreme Court as well as eliminating abusive to our electoral system endemic in in certain areas with postal voting fraud and voter identity fraud
3) standing up for our armed forces for example by blocking further historic prosecutions of soldiers such as Soldier F
4) scrapping HS2 and halving overseas aid to redirect the funds to investment in places such as weaver Vale releasing at least 200 billion in the first year year and as much in the following five years
5) making student loans interest free so the burden doesn’t continue to mount for lower paid graduates
6) reducing the burden of red tape on business (especially small)
7) facilitating access to finance for smaller businesses, enabling them to create the well paid and skilled jobs we need
8) increasing resources for the police to tackle antisocial behaviour and violent crime
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?
In the barely six months of its existence the Brexit Party has had a fundamental impact on our politics.
Without the Brexit Party, there would have been no Brexit the Conservatives would remained far more equivocal about Brexit while those who wish to overtly or covertly block Brexit in the Liberal Democrat Party and the Labour Party would have had a much freer hand.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
I served in the army both Regular and TA retiring as a lieutenant colonel. I commanded a complex 800 personnel regiment that included the reserve bomb disposal capability.
In my final tour I was mobilised for service in Baghdad where I was in charge of media operations for the British Army.
I was responsible for handling journalists covering operations right across Iraq and in interviews with the highest levels of both British and American military command, as well as their interaction with the Iraqi government and military.
In my civilian career I was chief executive of the Forum of Private Business in which I was engaged for 20 years in lobbying on behalf of UK small businesses in Westminster and Brussels.
For the last 10 years I have run my own business, Club Class Taxis based in Northwich which provides employment locally for around 100 people.
Further links (as supplied by the candidate)