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Broxtowe

Broxtowe is located in Nottinghamshire towards the north of England. The seat was created in in 1983 and has been a bellwether ever since.

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

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

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Candidates

David Kirwan

Background
David Kirwan is 46 yrs old was born and raised in Nottinghamshire and currently lives with his civil partner in Kimberley. David has previously run his own business for a number of years as well as working within the NHS. He currently is a regional officer with the Royal College of Nursing.
David is a former Green Party local councillor, he is standing for election as he firmly believes that a new style of politics is needed and the Green party can deliver that.
Priorities are to oppose further austerity measures and create a more collaborative approach to government and end the cycle of two party politics where the 2 current major parties spend their time reversing previous decisions.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I will hold weekly surgeries in the constituency, maintain regular social media presence, weekly email, and bi monthly printed newsletter to all homes.
I will also use £20k of my salary to employ an additional constituency worker in addition to any staff employed via allowed expense. This will enable constituents to receive a better service and enable me to receive an income closer to the average in Broxtowe.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
I am the only candidate that will actively oppose further austerity and invest in public services. I have experience of being self-employed as well as working in the NHS and other organisations which enables me to understand the issues faced by many different constituents.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
It is very clear that austerity is not working, the deficit is not reducing at the rate we were promised and we have public services in crisis and many families living in poverty. We need a clear policy of re investment in public services, a living wage of £10 and ensure we close loop holes enabling high earners and big business avoids tax.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration is vital for the UK and shouldn’t be based on someone’s wealth or intellect, immigration is one of the factors that will assist the recovery in the UK. We need to work with our European partners to ensure that economic migration is not a key factor by making the whole of the European economy a fairer and more level playing field.
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?
A living wage increase along with a fairer tax system and closer community linked economy with local banking organisations willing to support small local business. Investment in affordable social housing and way from high rents issued by huge landlord organisations.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Removal of the internal market so all services are provided by the NHS and not private companies. Reversal of the health and social care act. Investment in community based health care resources.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Reduce the retirement age to enable release of jobs to younger people and creation of green jobs. Promote internships and trainee’s to be paid at living wage. Encourage self-employment through business support and citizens income.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Absolutely we need a parliament that is more reflective of the society it serves and therefore we need to encourage more women, BME, LGBT candidates to enter politics. We also need to make parliament less confrontational and more based on debate and that may mean needing to move away from the current parliament building which is designed for confrontation.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I do believe we should have a referendum on the EU as it’s such a core principle and would enable us to get on with the relationship afterwards without constant bickering over our membership. In any campaign I would encourage a YES vote to remain in the union but with a reformed structure. The benefits of a Europe that works in partnership are huge to the country but we need to be able to work together whilst still retaining elements of local decisions making and democracy. This will enable all members of the community to develop without a 1 size fits all approach.

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