A Real voice for a Fairer Tatton – Video appeal included

By on April 29, 2010

The 54 year old is Head of Special Needs and a Year 7 tutor at New Mills School. Married to Hilary, they run a bed & breakfast business in their converted church.

He has 2 stepsons and 2 grand daughters. Over the last 10 weeks, since being selected to fight the Tatton seat, I have been delivering leaflets and knocking on doors throughout the constituency

You have raised many issues, both national and local. Not surprisingly the main topics have been the economy, a health and care system that meets the needs of the whole population and concerns over the lack of funding for and the commitments being asked of our armed services.

Many of you are struggling with spiralling debts, rising energy bills, unaffordable mortgages, unstable house prices, worries over inflation and unemployment.

Liberal Democrats are offering real help to millions of families trying to make ends meet. Policies designed to give the economy a boost by cutting taxes for local families, giving you  extra money in your pocket. We will restore the link between annual increases in the state pension and earnings that will mean pensioners share in the proceeds of growth in our economy

We will crack down on big business and the super rich who exploit tax loopholes and do not pay their fair share.

We will get wasteful government spending under control and ensure there is effective regulation of the banking system to prevent irresponsible lending and business practices and ridiculus bonuses.

Liberal Democrats will ensure that the NHS provides high quality medical and care for all. With life expectancy increasing we will face new needs in providing for an ageing population. That is why we think it is important that all parties talk together and that it is not a political football.

Liberal Democrats are proud of the work done by our armed forces. In asking them to get involved in armed conflict :-

We need to be sure why we are getting involved.

We have the resources for the conflict

That there are clear aims for what we want to achieve and an exit strategy.

By working closely with our allies, Britain will have more influence on tackling international problems like poverty, climate change and terrorism.

Liberal Democrats know that young people will face new challenges throughout the 21st Century. It is unacceptable that so many leave school without the skills and knowledge to be successful. The idea of a job for life is going and we need to ensure that our young people are prepared with the ability and opportunity to learn new skills throughout their life.

We will spend an extra £2.5bn on schools, guaranteeing them the money they need to support children who are struggling, to cut class sizes and run catch-up classes to allow all children to get the individual attention they need and a fair start in life.

We will replace the National Curriculum with a more flexible Minimum Curriculum Entitlement offering greater choice and room for innovation.

We will scrap tuition fees for full and part-time students taking their first degrees and have a fully costed plan to do this over a six year period.

We will re-focus the money committed to the employer led Train to Gain programme on individual adult learners so that they can access the training they need.

So many of you have said you would vote Liberal Democrat if you thought we would win, This time if you do we will win and make Tatton a fairer place for all.

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