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 believe we need more people serving as MPs who have had real life experience. I grew up on a Midlands council estate, and worked hard to become an accountant.
I am a passionate believer that we need a strong economy to be able to invest in the country’s priorities – more funding for schools, hospitals and the police.
We need to move our country forward, and I would like to be part of the group of people doing just that.
2. Which local priorities would you take forward as our MP?
With our dazzling history and Roman, medieval and Victorian history, we have a lot to shout about in Chester!
I’m launching a new campaign to ‘Cherish Chester’ and will promote and protect our heritage.
This will bring in more jobs to our local economy, and help us cherish and protect our high street shops too.
I’ll cherish our rural areas, working for accessible services for all our communities, such as transport links and full fibre broadband.
And there’s a need to revitalise our city centre. I’m backing our local, small and independent businesses to restore Chester’s vibrancy.
I’m pleased to see Boris Johnson has put forward reductions to business rates as part of the Conservatives manifesto – this will certainly help our local shops.
Boris has also put forward a funding boost for our local schools, and I’m pleased that Chester schools are receiving an increase in per pupil funding from government.
I’m championing our wonderful NHS hospital, the Countess of Chester, and will push the government for our share of NHS investment funds to meet our growing needs.
It’s great to see the A&E unit being expanded and that’s an example of local investment in our great NHS.
I’ll push for more police on the beat from the 20,000 new police being recruited, of which Cheshire gains 90 officers next year. And I’ll make sure they have the powers and extra resources they need.
On climate change, there’s a lot of great work already happening, thanks to the hard work of local community groups.
I want to make Chester a sustainable location with a low carbon footprint, and to see more electric charging points in the city – building on Chester’s green credentials.
3. Which national priorities would you take forward as our MP?
Get Brexit done and honour the result of the referendum.
Like all Conservative candidates, I’ve pledged to vote for Boris’s Brexit deal, which will see us leave the EU by 31st January.
I’ve outlined my commitment to our great public services in the section above. We need a strong economy to underpin our public services, and that’s what we have at the moment.
I’m also a huge supporter of our armed forces and veteran’s charities, partly because of my father’s time in the RAF.
When people are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country – looking after them when they return is very important to me.
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 care passionately about helping our residents improve their lives. We need to support vulnerable people and also enable people to realise their life potential.
We can create great opportunities through our dynamic, open and tolerant society.
The Conservatives are standing on a positive, aspirational manifesto for the future and I’m proud to support that.
5. Please tell us a little about yourself.
(ie: your background, your experience, your hobbies, your non-political interests)
I was brought up on a Midlands blue collar estate and was the first in my family to go to university.
I’m a huge believer in public service and have served as a community councillor and school governor where I used to live.
I help small and medium sized businesses thrive, working as an accountant.
I also regularly advise companies coming into the UK from overseas, and being able to attract high quality employers is very important. I live in Vicars Cross in Chester.
In my spare time, I enjoy being in our amazingly beautiful countryside, and there’s no shortage of that around Chester!
Further links (as supplied by the candidate)