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Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw is located in the centre of England in Nottinghamshire. It was created in 1885 and has been held by Labour since 1935.

The current member of parliament is Labour’s John Mann, who has served since 2001.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Bassetlaw

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Candidates

Kris Wragg

Background
Originally from Sheffield, Kris moved to Worksop in 2013 with his partner Donna. Kris works as a Software Engineer in Sheffield for a highly scientific company advancing the development of new therapeutic drugs.

In his spare time Kris works on his allotment where he is aiming to be as self-sufficient as possible. At 29 he is the youngest parliamentary candidate for Bassetlaw by a reasonable stretch and is hoping his fresh thoughts will help to bring democracy into the 21st century.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I would ensure that I hold regular surgeries open for all, I would also use my skills as a software developer to look into implementing a web portal for people to submit questions, see my answers to petitions and pledges and even submit their views on upcoming votes in parliament.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
The policies of the other parties will not benefit the majority of the constituents. People want a MP that will stand up for them, that will ensure that the regular working person gets a good deal, I believe that I can do that as an individual and a part of the Green Party.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
John Mann is a very loyal Labour MP, he very rarely strays from the party line and given the way the Labour party is heading I cannot support him any longer. The main point that stands for me from this last term was him standing against fracking against his party whip of abstaining, whether this was to maintain his seat I’m not sure.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is most certainly not working, unless by working we mean ensuring those at the bottom stay there and those at the top become richer. Trickle down is a fallacy, and cutting deeply into public services is only causing more issues for the country.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
We need some levels of immigration of that there is no doubt, we would be stupid to deny entry to bright minds from around the globe. I work with many scientists from overseas who are experts in their field, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to get the people we need due to the continual clampdown on even well educated people from outside the EU.
6. Many people are concerned about 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?
We need to make the minimum wage a living wage so that everyone working can afford life’s essentials. Also we need more affordable homes, which is why the Green Party is pledging 500,000 new social homes and a landlords register to ensure rents stay under control and homes are of an acceptable state.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
We need to ensure that the NHS is run efficiently, we certainly should not be wasting money. With this in mind we need to end the privatisation of the NHS so that private companies don’t cherry pick the area’s most profitable. Privatisation just leads to bigger overheads and massive costs when things go wrong, we certainly should not allow companies to bid for further contracts after massively failing on a previous one, such as Circle with Hinchingbrooke hospital.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Firstly we need to increase funding and support for apprenticeships, we want to see anyone qualified aged 18-25 able to get an apprenticeship.

Secondly we need to encourage and create more good jobs in the UK, our manifesto plans will create around 1 million new jobs in engineering, building, science and farming. Where possible we need to ensure that more jobs are created in the UK rather than being done overseas, and certainly we should push that overseas jobs are done with Fairtrade in mind.

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
The vast majority of people I speak to say they are discouraged by parliament because there aren’t enough MP’s that represent them, that too many of them have had politics as a career plan for a long time and haven’t held down ‘a real job’.

I believe parliament should be representative of the population, we should be aiming for a 50:50 gender ratio and people from many career backgrounds, not politicians whose careers were purely designed to get into politics.

10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
The Green Party have pledged to support a referendum in 2017, I believe this is a wise choice as it gives us time to try and achieve some level of reform.

I believe we are a stronger nation by being actively involved with the EU, but there are aspects of our current deal that need resolving, but we can only do that if we stay in the EU. I would encourage my constituents to stay in the EU and support reforming our deal not ending it.

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