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Camberwell & Peckham

London seat held since its creation in 1997 by Harriet Harman of the Labour Party.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Camberwell _ Peckham

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Candidates

Rebecca Fox

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I would have voting tools on my website for voters to let me know their feelings before every vote. The National Health Action Party will not have the whip – ie the leadership will not tell its MPs how to vote, every vote will be a free vote, allowing me to truly represent my constituents.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
My focus on protecting the NHS will affect everyone in the constituency: everyone at some point in their lives will need the NHS – even if they have private medical insurance.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Locally, not sure. Nationally, been a good supporter of equality and women’s rights.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
No. Employment figures may be up but zero hours contracts and low pay are the price we are paying. Tax receipts are down, so the strategy is costing the taxpayer. I am anti austerity; I believe that investing in public services is the way to create a fairer, healthier society – and boost the economy.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Not sure.
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; end to zero hours contracts; renationalisation of our energy industries; rent controls as in Germany. Cameron should also follow his own advice to business leaders to increase salaries – and give NHS workers the recommended pay rise.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Our NHS is actually very successful (rated best in the developed world based on 2010 data) compared to our investment (we invest the least of all G7 nations). We should scrap the marketplace, which costs £5bn just to administer; stop private companies draining money from the budget as profits to shareholders; increase NHS funding to G7 average (10% of GDP), increase budget in real terms by at least 4% per year, to match healthcare inflation. An increase in funding of about this amount was always built into NHS budgeting – it’s only since 2010 that politicians try to persuade us that the NHS can function without it. To fund this: an urgent review and renegotiation of the PFI deals that are crippling hospitals with punitive interest payments; a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion; and if necessary, a 1p rise in the basic rate of income tax.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
More investment in further education: austerity cuts harm long term prospects in this area, and the government is proposing more cuts equating to 24%. More apprenticeship schemes. Proper, three year training colleges for the trades.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
There are lots of reasons for a lack of representation in Parliament, of which diversity is one. Other serious ones are: inability of constituents to recall bad MPs; inability of constituents to vote on serious matters going before parliament; MPs voting according to party lines – but not as their constituents would want them to vote.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
It would be a matter for them.

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