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My personal manifesto for Daventry constituency

December 1, 2019 5:16 PM

Electing a new MP should be about who is going to be the best person to stand up for the needs of the area it shouldn't really be about Brexit or because a person wears a certain coloured rosette.

I have stood for Parliament a number of times and I have always said that my objective if elected would be to be a good constituency MP. To demonstrate to the people who put their trust in me by voting for me that I could make a difference to their lives. Andrew Simpson out canvassing

It has been something that motivated me to get involved in politics in the first place and got me to join the Liberal Democrats as I felt that the Labour & Conservative parties were largely driven by self-interest.

I also believe that you do not have to accept that things always have to be the same and that actually we can 'create a better world' and that sometimes just tackling the 'small things' in life can lead to changes for the better.

Unless we stand up and challenge things then nothing will change and people's voices will be lost.

Our area faces some real challenges in the future.

We live in a predominantly rural area but are seeing massive developments in terms of new housing and the expansion of logistics business due to our proximity to the M1 and the West Coast mainline.

Daventry town is surrounded by more affluent villages which disguises the fact that some of the areas in the town are high in urban deprivation. Lack of investment in the urban communities is leaving some people to feel left behind particularly when new developments do not come hand in hand with better public services.

In the rural areas the challenges to farming and the needs of the farming community are getting over looked and leading to a real strain on the rural economy.

Local villages are also seeing the closure of shops/Post Offices and pubs as shopping and social habits change. Public services seem to be getting more remote as we have lost Police Officers and seen health services become more centralised.

Yet these facilities are often key to creating a community to live in.

The failure of our Conservative run County Council and the lack of a proactive District Council means local services have become further remote and unresponsive in people's lives. No wonder more and more people feel let down by politicians and authorities.

I would see my job as your MP to start to address this by standing up for the constituency and its interests.

I would aim to be:

There are key issues that I think will impact on people's lives here in the next few years:

My job, if elected as your MP, would be to ensure that these challenges are met and to seek solutions that improve the lives of the people living here and the communities we live in.

Please give me your support to do that on 12th December.