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Clacton

Clacton is located in Essex on the east coast of England. The seat was created in 2010 and became the first constituency to elect a UKIP MP in the 2014 by-election.

The current member of parliament is UKIP’s Douglas Carswell who has served since 2014 for UKIP, but previously served 2010-2014 in Clacton and 2005-2010 in Harwich for the Conservative Party.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Clacton 2010
2014 By-Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Clacton 2014

For more information, click here to visit the Wikipedia article.

Candidates

Chris Southall

Background
Chris trained as an engineer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in Farnborough and has a can-do attitude. He has been self-employed most of his life working as a potter, computer engineer, drummer and with people who have special needs.

Chris has two children and three grandchildren. He lives with his partner Rosie and her teenage daughter in Clacton where they have an Eco house and Permaculture LAND centre which is sometimes open to the public.

Chris has stood for the Green Party in many local and national elections; he has been a school governor and a parish councillor. Chris is an active environmental campaigner in and around Clacton and is co-ordinator of Tendring Green Party.

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I am attending many meetings and hustings and meeting the Clacton electorate as well as distributing many leaflets and replying to many emails.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
The Green Party is breaking the mould of UK politics offering moral policies for the common good.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Worked hard in the constituency.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Austerity is not ‘working’ and is punishing the vulnerable, the young, the poor and families while rewarding the very rich.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
It is vital for the health of our economy and the well being of our old and needy to have young workers paying tax as our ‘baby boomers’ age.
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?
Raise the minimum wage to £10 and enforce it.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Become more responsive to local need with social care being properly funded and organised with the NHS locally.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
Green party policy is to abolish national insurance to help small and medium business. We would create 1,000,000 new jobs in energy efficiency and new home building and create many local apprenticeships.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
Yes.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
If a re-negotiation was successful in responding to Green party policies we should to stay in and the EU has improved working conditions, working hours, maternal leave, environmental protection, food labelling to list but a few positives.

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