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Brentford & Isleworth

Brentford & Isleworth is located in Greater London. The seat was created in 1974 and has been a bellwether constituency since 1979.

The current member of parliament is the Conservative party’s Mary Macleod who has served since 2010.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Brentford & Isleworth

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Candidates

Daniel Goldsmith

Background
Daniel Goldsmith is the Green Party candidate for Brentford and Isleworth in the 2015 general election. Daniel is an IT manager who lives in Chiswick with his wife and two teenage sons. He has campaigned successfully with the Green Party to protect Gunnersbury Park from development, and against air pollution and Heathrow expansion. He is exasperated by the behavior of the other parties believing that only the Green Party can deliver real change and new radical policies to ensure our political system works for the good of everyone, and not for just a small wealth minority.

As MP Daniel would work to reduce the gap between rich and poor, and safeguard the environment. He is a keen cyclist and would work to provide better and safer walking and cycling routes in the area. He would fight to prevent fracking because he feels the risks are not properly understood.

Daniel is a long term opponent of Heathrow expansion. He believes that a third runway would cause considerable extra noise, traffic and pollution locally. It will be hugely expensive and suck resources away from initiatives such as renewable energy that could create jobs in the area. In the long term another runway will make it more difficult to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change. He notes that both the Labour and Conservative candidates say they are opposed to expansion whilst their parties act as if they are in favour. Only a vote for the Green Party is a real vote against Heathrow expansion.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I will visit local businesses schools, faith groups, and pubs to give presentations, lead discussions and give voters a chance to ask questions and talk to me. I will run surgeries and answer my e-mails and letters.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I am an experienced and well regarded IT manager with a reputation for getting things done and for being available and approachable. I find that my views on the need to safeguard the environment and to reduce the gap between rich and poor are well aligned with the views of the voters in Brentford and Isleworth.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Mary Macleod has courageously spoken out against violence against women including forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity might be working for those who are well off. Any recovery has been patchy and not benefited everyone. Many unemployed and working people can no longer afford the basics. Foodbanks used to be rare; now for some people they are vital to make sure they can get a meal.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Studies show that economically immigration makes us better all off, but there are winners and losers. We need to listen to the concerns of any who may feel they are negatively impacted and make practical interventions, such as building new schools, if necessary. About a third of immigration is by foreign students. They are to be welcomed since without them several UK universities would disappear.
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?
The Green Party would introduce a new Living Wage so that work does pay.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
The NHS is being undermined, first by the internal market and then the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which encourages outsourcing. I have received many e-mails from healthcare professionals who are alarmed at the changes. I would reverse this direction of travel. I would back the NHS Reinstatement Bill to stop the NHS being dismantled.

I would encourage positive initiatives such as IT improvements so that information held at GPs surgeries is available in hospitals, subject to the patients consent. I would also make sure that social care and GPs surgeries are properly funded, so that people don’t end up needing to go to A&E to get the care they need.

I would make sure that the NHS is appropriately funded to support the increased demands of an ageing workforce.

Ill-health is often due to environmental causes, such as air pollution, and social causes, such as inequality, so I would ensure these are addressed.

8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
I would like to see more apprenticeships to give young people a chance to learn a trade. I would also encourage the creation of new jobs in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes. Each gender, faith and race should be fairly represented in Parliament.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I favour reforms to make the EU more democratic and its institutions more accountable. My advice in an EU Referendum would depend on the extent of the changes proposed, but I expect to invite my constituents to vote to continue to stay in a reformed EU.

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