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Amber Valley

Amber Valley is located in Derbyshire. The constituency was created in 1983.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative party’s Nigel Mills, who has served since 2010.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Amber Valley

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Candidates

Kate Smith

Background
B 1957, modern languages graduate (Cambridge MA). Married to Paul who is ditto. 2 sons aged 25 and 22. I spent a long time as an in-company trainer, specialising in communication skills including English language, in sectors from Banking to Pharmaceuticals, across Europe and Japan. I was then in the voluntary sector for 20 years with a major parent-support charity, as local Chair, fundraiser, secretary and maternity services campaigner. I was and still am on various local health bodies. For several years I was a Parish Councillor and enjoyed the role very much. I currently combine politics with working at the National Tramway Museum. I’ve been a Liberal/Liberal Democrat all my life and this is the third time I’m standing for my beloved Westminster.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
There is no one single answer, but a huge part of it is to be responsive – all the time, unfortunately for my sanity. I am ready for this challenge. (I don’t do fashionable, just hard work.)
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I am not so presumptuous as to say I’m the best candidate, but I am confident I’m the hardest-working (and do not play Candy Crush during meetings).
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
The current incumbent is very successful at holding Jobs Fairs, an excellent idea which I would hope to continue.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
I’m very proud to be in a Party of Government which is helping the country forward and out of its deficit. It certainly has meant difficult decisions and strategies, most of which are working. The broad term “austerity” is too unmeaningful because it suggests a philosophy of ever-smaller Government to which I don’t subscribe.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Both. We’d have virtually no NHS without immigrants, for example. Equally, if Amber Valley citizens want to work abroad in the EU, they can. We do need improved systems for counting who arrives and, importantly, who departs, and how long and for what reason they stayed.
6. Many people are concerned with the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
If all major companies with a UK operation paid their fair share of taxes instead of dodging them, more monies would be available to the Government to support the poorest.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Constant change is a problem for the NHS, not a solution. I can’t remember when our local NHS “had a normal year”. It’s the same at national level. The purchaser/provider split has never worked fully well and it would be good to return normal births to local birthcentres in e.g. Ripley and Alfreton. I’m impressed with how the local Clinical Commissioning Group involves consumers in decisionmaking. I support the aims and objectives of the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Jobs fairs are a good idea and seem to work. On youth unemployment, this is the first year that all young people have to stay in education until 18, no matter what their attainment level. So the figures will look very different soon because of in-school 16-18 year olds who otherwise wouldn’t be there. Apprenticeships also seem to work well, especially if they really do involve training for 1-2 years (instead of a superficial 2-4 months for example).
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes, to an extent it does. There need to be more women, more BAME people, more people with disabilities and (a particular hobbyhorse of mine) more jobshares at every elected level from Councillor up to MP.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I would encourage constituents to vote Yes and stay in the EU with my every sinew, because we cannot be effective in isolation and because approx 3 million jobs in the UK (8,775 of them in Amber Valley) are directly dependent on our membership of the EU.

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